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Houston-area water may be tainted with brain-eating microbe

Credit: SeattlePI.com- Published on September 26, 2020
LAKE JACKSON, Texas (AP) — Texas officials have warned residents of some communities near Houston to stop using tap water because it might be tainted with a deadly brain-eating microbe.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warned the Brazosport Water Authority late Friday of the potential contamination of its water...
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Published on September 27, 2020 -  00:39
Don't Drink The Water: Texas Town's Water Supply Contains Brain-Eating Bug
Residents of eight communities around Lake Jackson, Texas, were warned on Saturday not to use tap water for anything other than flushing toilets. That's because a rare brain-eating amoeba was found in the public water supply. The microbe, naegleria fowleri, is found in fresh water and soil. If it gets up the nose, it can cause a potentially fatal brain illness. The CDC says symptoms include seizures, vomiting, and hallucinations — with people dying within a week of contracting the illness. According to Business Insider, the advisory was issued after a six-year-old boy died of the illness caused by the microbe. Late Saturday the notice was lifted, but a water boiling notice remains in place for the city of Lake Jackson where officials are decontaminating the local water supply.

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