Naegleria fowleri is a disease found in two water treatment systems:
First of all, there is a brain-eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri. This brain-eating amoeba infects brain tissue. Naegleria fowleri, or brain-eating amoeba is extremely dangerous. The Louisiana Department of Health confirmed that traces of the brain-eating amoeba were found in their water. Furthermore, Naegleria fowleri is a single-celled organism. Naegleria fowleri can cause a rare, fatal, brain disease. In addition, the brain-eating amoeba was found during routine water testing and water treatment was incorporated. The water testing was done in Ouachita Parish’s North Monroe Water System and Terrebonne Parish’s Schriever Water System. Health officials assured residents that the tap water was safe to drink. Officials told people to avoid getting the tap water in their noses.
The Disease gets in through the Nose:
Most noteworthy, Naegleria fowleri infections occur when contaminated water enters the nose. Hence, traveling to the brain where the amoeba destroys brain tissue. Naegleria fowleri is a disease called primary amebic meningoencephalitis. (PAM). As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did research. The symptoms of PAM are similar to bacterial meningitis. The symptoms are headache, fever and nausea. Furthermore, the brain-eating amoeba will progress into a stiff neck, seizures and hallucinations. Then the Naegleria fowleri disease ends in death.
The Fatality Rate is 97% without Water Treatment:
The fatality rate of Naegleria fowleri is over 97 percent. Most noteworthy, the brain-eating disease is a rare affliction. There 40 cases reported in the U.S. (Between 2007 and 2017) Drinking the contaminated tap water cannot lead to infection. You will get the brain-eating disease using the tap water for nasal irrigation. Just getting the tap water it into your nose can give you the disease. Since 2007, 40 people in the U.S. caught the disease. In addition, contaminated tap water was responsible. Nasal irrigation caused three infections. The fourth person was using a backyard slip-n-slide.
The CDC tracked the disease:
Therefore, the CDC has tracked the majority of infections in the U.S. Naegleria fowleri infected people swimming or diving. Especially relevant, people caught the brain-eating amoeba by swimming is lakes and rivers. They were warm freshwater lakes and rivers. And in the U.S.
Water Treatment for the Residents:
As a result, the Louisiana health department issued a list of warnings. The warnings are for residents to avoid the brain-eating disease. Always flush out pipes to allow the tap water to run. Run the tap water for five minutes before use. Finally, boil your tap water to keep that brain-eating disease from infecting you. Use distilled or sterile water to make sinus rinse solutions. And use the sterile water to perform ritual ablutions.
Louisiana health officials laid down the rules. The two water systems will use the free chlorine method. It will take 60 days to kill any remaining amoeba. Free chlorine kills parasites. Officials advised residents to continue following all precautions. Therefore, following the advice. The amoeba cannot show up in the water. Residents will be notified when the tap water is clean. Residents expressed concern about the infected water. Louisiana residents are going to be more careful. In conclusion, an amoeba brain-eating disease is nothing to sneeze at! Water treatment is the way!