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Don't Drink The Water: Texas Town's Water Supply Contains Brain-Eating Bug

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Published on September 27, 2020 - Duration: 00:39s

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 β€” 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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