Eight cities in Texas have been alerted to a brain-eating amoeba present in their water supplies

Eight cities in Texas have been alerted to a brain-eating amoeba present in their water supplies

The Texas Environmental Quality Commission issued a water warning to residents served by the Brazzosport Water Authority warning customers not to use any water due to the presence of Naegleria folieri, the brain-eating amoeba, present in the water supply on Friday evening.

“The Texas Environmental Quality Committee, under the direction of the governor’s office, is working with the Brazzosport Water Authority to solve the problem as quickly as possible,” the advisory said.

According to th Centers for Disease Control and PreventionThe brain-eating amoeba is most commonly found in warm soils, lakes, rivers, and hot springs. It can also be found in poorly maintained or non-chlorinated ponds and in warm water drainage from industrial facilities.

Residents of Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brasoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute and Rosenberg, Texas, as well as the Dow Chemical Plant in Freeport and the Clemens and Wayne Scott Division of Texas, were issued with the advice not to use water. Criminal Justice Correctional Facilities.

Since then, the Texas Environmental Quality Commission has cleared all but one of the sites, according to A. Statement on Twitter.

Lake Jackson residents are still being urged to heed the “do not use water” advice until the Brazzosport Water Authority completes an adequate flow from the water system, according to the Texas Environmental Quality Commission.

The CDC says that while Naegleria fowleri infections are rare, most are fatal. From 2009 to 2018, only 34 infections were reported in the United States. Among the reported cases, 30 people were infected with recreational water.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 145 people were infected from 1962 to 2018 and only four survived.

correction: An earlier version of this story mistook how many Texas cities were alerted to brain-eating amoebas. It was the eighth.

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