Brain-Eating Amoeba Found In New Orleans Water Reserves

Posted: Jul 25 2015, 10:25am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 25 2015, 10:38am CDT , in Latest Science News


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Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in New Orleans Water Reserves
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Naegleria fowleri also known as brain eating Amoeba discovered in New Orleans water reserves!

All the facts you need to know about the brain eating Amoeba Naegleria fowleri which has a 97% fatality rate:

1. Naegleria fowleri a brain-eating Amoeba strain has been found in the water of St. Bernard Parish near New Orleans according to the Tech Times. The strain has been found in the area for the second time in two years five miles outside of New Orleans.

2. A 60 days long chlorine burn intervention has been directed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The chlorine burn intervention will guarantee the complete elimination of the Amoeba strain from the water system.

3. The water is also being flushed and re-examined to determine whether the 225 miles long water system has infected other water reservoirs with the brain eating amoeba. The process is being carried out by Jacob Groby, the quality control chief for St. Bernard Parish Water and Sewer Division.

4. According to Groby the amoeba strain developed in the water after it was left untreated with chlorine for long periods of time in the aftermaths of hurricane Katrina and decrease of population in the surrounding areas. The untreated water remained stagnant for long periods of time and eventually developed the amoeba strain.

5. Naegleria Fowleri or brain-eating Amoeba is a pathogenic strain of bacterial amoeba and can be contracted with contact to the nose of the host. Cases of infection are uncommon and the few reported only after swimming or diving by victims in freshwater rivers and lakes contaminated with the amoeba.

6. CDC has reminded the public infection cannot occur if the water is drunk but can occur if only the water goes up the nostrils. Therefore CDC has recommended people stay away from the warm fresh water lakes in the New Orleans area especially during swimming care should be taken to avoid taking water up the nose.

7. The Daily Mail on the other hand reported a 4 year old previously died after contracting the strain from the water of the same Louisiana Parish in 2013. Similarly a 14 year old in Minnesota died earlier this month from catching the same strain. Families of the two victims have even filed a lawsuit from the same Louisiana Parish area.

8. Once contracted the fatality rate by the Amoeba Naegleri fowleri is 97 percent and can kill the victim within the span of only one week. Symptoms of infection from Naegleri fowleri or brain-eating Amoeba include headache, fever, nausea or vomiting, confusion, lack of attention, loss of balance, stiff neck, seizures and hallucinations.

9. Brain-Eating Amoeba sample tested positive from two different places one was at a water treatment facility and the other was collected from a water facility at 948 Angela Street. It is believed the Angela Street facility was infected with the amoeba from ground water after a vehicle has hit the facility earlier.

10. ABC News reports the contaminated water is used by more than 44000 people in the area. An infectious disease expert Dr. William Schaffner at Vanderbilt University Medical School has advised the residents to make sure they are taking care of all the safety measure especially where children are concerned.

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