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Texas residents warned of tap water tainted with brain-eating microbe


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  • Communities around Houston are potentially contaminated

  • Naegleria fowleri enters body through nose, travels to brain

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 on Friday of the potential contamination of its water supply by Naegleria fowleri.

The commission issued an advisory warning people not to use tap water for any reason except to flush toilets in Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute and Rosenberg.
I first learned about this amoeba while watching the TV series MonstersIInside Me on Animal Planet TV:https://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/monsters-inside-me/videos/the-brain-eating-amoeba. Besides finding it in tap water, you can get infected by swimming in fresh water lakes, ponds or rivers.
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