Deadly Brain Amoebas In Treated Water
Water Treatment To Your Lips
“We have never seen Naegleria colonizing a treated water supply before,” said Dr. Michael Beach, head of water safety for the CDC. “From a U.S. perspective this is a unique situation.” They found it in the Louisiana water supply…Treated, drinkable water… Typically municipal drinking water is treated with filtration and chlorination, normally this is effective at killing 99% disease-causing organisms. Yes, it is possible organisms can parasite survive.
Once it leaves the treatment plant, it has miles and miles of pipes to flow and if the conditions are right Naegleria fowleri can colonize. Say for example, if the chlorination levels drop too low and the water is exposed to some contaminate. READ: Deadly brain amoeba infects US tap water for the first time
The sad part is that it has infected 3 children this year! Ken Pastorick says officials currently are now flushing out and decontaminating the St. Bernard Parish system. They are shocking the water just like you would shock a pool. Pastorick said, “What has caused the problem here is low chlorination.” He assures the public Louisiana water systems are safe.
Up Your Nose
When I read that deadly brain amoebas were in the water supply, my anxiety level went through the roof! I Have four kids who love to play in water. I worry about them, but I think any parent would. I’ve heard of this Naegleria fowleri parasite, though had to Google the real name. I only knew it as Killer Brain Amoebas. But it only enters the body up the nose.
The play on words is what got this Mental health humor Cartoonist drawing the above-cartoon. Then reading and researching it, made me want to make sure I posted the cartoons. I know it’s goofy, but it’s also important to be aware of some thing like this especially since it’s almost always deadly once it reaches the brain. Yes, I know it’s rare. However,it can be found in standing fresh water and water retention ponds. Plus, the amoebas love the heat.
If there is any good news, it is that you can’t get infected by drinking it even if the water is contaminated with it. Thank goodness for our high pH because our stomach acid appears to kill the amoeba.
“People can protect themselves by not snorting water up their noses, or not allowing it to be forced up the nose”.
Recommendations for Users of Naegleria fowleri-Contaminated Drinking Water Systems
Since Naegleria fowleri infects people when water containing the amoeba enters the body through the nose, it is critical to prevent water going up the nose.
- DO NOT allow water to go up your nose or sniff water into your nose when bathing, showering, washing your face, or swimming in small hard plastic/blow-up pools.
- DO NOT jump into or put your head under bathing water (bathtubs, small hard plastic/blow-up pools) – walk or lower yourself in.
- DO NOT allow children to play unsupervised with hoses or sprinklers, as they may accidentally squirt water up their nose. Avoid slip-n-slides or other activities where it is difficult to prevent water going up the nose.
- DO run bath and shower taps and hoses for 5 minutes before use to flush out the pipes. This is most important the first time you use the tap after the water utility raises the disinfectant level.
- DO keep small hard plastic/blow-up pools clean by emptying, scrubbing, and allowing them to dry after each use.
- DO use only boiled and cooled, distilled, or sterile water for making sinus rinse solutions for neti pots or performing ritual ablutions.
- DO keep your swimming pool adequately disinfected before and during use. Adequate disinfection means:
- Pools: free chlorine at 1–3 parts per million (ppm) and pH 7.2–7.8
- Hot tubs/spas: free chlorine 2–4 parts per million (ppm) or free bromine 4–6 ppm and pH 7.2–7.8
- If you need to top off the water in your swimming pool with tap water,
DO place the hose directly into the skimmer box and ensure that the filter is running.
DO NOT top off by placing the hose in the body of the pool.
Stewart, C. (2013). Deadly Brain Amoebas In Treated Water. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 19, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2013/09/deadly-brain-amoebas-in-treated-water/