Brain-Eating Amoeba Found In Louisiana Tap Water; People Warned To Avoid Water In Nose
The Louisiana Department of Health confirmed this week that the cervical amoeba was found in two water systems in the state.
Traces of Naegleria fowleri, a unicellular organism that can cause rare but deadly brain disease, were found during routine water testing of the Northern Monroe Ouachita water system and the Schriever Terrebonne Parish water system.
Health officials have assured residents that tap water in these parishes remain safe to drink, but warned people to avoid going all over their nose.
Naegleria fowleri infections occur when contaminated water enters the nose and the amoeba travels to the brain where brain tissue is destroyed – a disease known as primary amoebic meningoencephalitis or PAM.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first symptoms of MAP may be similar to those of bacterial meningitis, including headache, fever, and nausea.
As the disease progresses, stiffness in the neck, seizures, and hallucinations may occur. In most cases, death continues soon.
The mortality rate of infection is greater than 97 percent in the US, although it is a rare disease, with only 40 cases reported in the country between 2007 and 2016.
Contaminated drinking water faucet may not lead to an infection, the CDC said – but it uses it for nasal irrigation or accidentally get it on the can nose. Of the 40 people in the US
Infected since 2007, four cases were caused by contaminated tap water. Nasal irrigation has caused three infections; The fourth involved a person using a sliding-N-Slide backyard.
According to the CDC, most infections in the US Have people involved who swim or make diving into freshwater bodies such as lakes and rivers.
The Louisiana Department of Health issued a list of warnings this week that residents avoided the infection.
This includes flushing the tubes, allowing faucets and shower hoses to last for five minutes prior to use, and using only distilled water and cooled, sterile distilled or for the manufacture of sinus rinse solutions for Neti pots Or perform ritual ablutions.
Louisiana health officials said Thursday that the two water systems would use the “free chlorine method” for 60 days to kill any amoeba remnants.
Free chlorine is a powerful disinfectant known to be effective in killing parasites.
Authorities have advised residents to follow all precautions “until the test was not confirmed the presence of the amoeba in the water system.
The water system will notify residents when this happens, “the health department said.
Residents in the affected areas were concerned about infected water.
“It’s scary,” said Bernadee Pitre ambassador Terrabonne local WWL-TV this week. “[I certainly take more care of her”].