Brain eating Amoebas- Naegleria fowleri- found in Louisiana water system

The infectious amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, has been discovered in the water supply of a parish in Louisiana that serves 12,000 people. The amoeba cannot infect humans that drink the water and can only infect humans through water contact with the nasal passage in extremely rare cases. More info from Daily Mail online.

Though no illnesses have been reported, the Naegleria fowleri amoeba has been found in the system running to Reserve, Garyville, and Mt. Airy, according to the  the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals in a statement released Wednesday.

Infections with the bug are extremely rare – perhaps 132 cases have been reported from 1962 to 2014 – but of those who’ve fallen victim only three survived.

This is Louisiana’s third water system to test positive for the amoeba. 

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