eight Texas cities have been alerted to a brain-eating amoeba present in water provide


The Texas Fee on Environmental High quality issued a water advisory to residents served by the Brazosport Water Authority warning clients to not use any water as a result of presence of Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba, discovered within the water provide on Friday night.

“The Texas Fee on Environmental High quality on the route of the Governor’s Workplace is working with Brazosport Water Authority to resolve the difficulty as rapidly as attainable,” the advisory reads.

In accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, the brain-eating amoeba is often present in soil, heat lakes, rivers, and scorching springs. It can be present in poorly maintained or unchlorinated swimming pools and in heat water discharge from industrial crops.

The Do Not Use Water Advisory was issued for residents of Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute and Rosenberg, Texas, in addition to for the Dow Chemical plant in Freeport and the Clemens and Wayne Scott Texas Division of Legal Justice corrections services.

The TCEQ has since cleared all however one location, in accordance with a assertion on Twitter.

Lake Jackson residents are nonetheless being urged to heed the Do Not Use Water Advisory till the Brazosport Water Authority has accomplished an enough flush out of its water system, in accordance with TCEQ.

The CDC says that whereas Naegleria fowleri infections are uncommon most are deadly. From 2009 to 2018, solely 34 infections have been reported in the USA. Of these reported instances, 30 individuals have been contaminated by leisure water.

In accordance with the CDC, 145 individuals have been contaminated from 1962 to 2018 and solely 4 survived.

Correction: A earlier model of this story misstated what number of Texas cities have been alerted to a brain-eating amoeba. It was eight.


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