In the state of Texas, a boy died of a strange infection caused by an amoeba that feeds on people’s brains, which was found in the water of a water park in Texas, which he had frequently been visiting.
The child’s identity has been kept private by his parents and by the media. According to the city of Arlington, the boy died on September 11 after he was hospitalized for first-degree amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). This infection is usually caused by Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that feeds on bacteria and is usually found in warm areas and enters the body through the nose. Commonly, it is known as the “brain-eating amoeba.”
An analysis of the water from Don Misenhimer Park in Arlington, which the boy visited three times between late August and early September, was conducted, and the presence of the Amoeba was confirmed. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which conducted the analysis, determined that the site was the likely source of the child’s infection.
This Amoeba is frequently found in the soil and warm freshwaters such as lakes, rivers, hot springs, and pools that are not treated correctly, especially poorly maintained and improperly colored.
Records from Don Misenhimer Park and The Beacon Recreation Center show that employees did not record or consistently perform required water quality tests, including checking for chlorine levels. These four water parks have closed their doors and will not reopen until the end of the year. Likewise, the rulers of the city of Arlington assured that the city’s water supply would not be affected.
The color reading was not documented on two of the three dates the boy visited Don Misenhmer Water Park. Similarly, the records show that the coloration was at an acceptable level two days before his last visit, but the next reading showed a decline, and the coloration was below the minimum requirement.
Naegleria fowleri normally infects people when contaminated water enters the leather through the nose. The Amoeba then enters the brain through the olfactory nerve, causing PAM, an infection that inflames and destroys brain tissue.
Between 1962 and 2019, the CDC managed to register around 148 confirmed Naegleria fowleri infections in the USA. Four of the infected people survived the disease. However, an 8-year-old boy who survived probably suffers from permanent brain damage.
The Amoeba does not infect many people, and its cause is unknown since many people swim in the same water as infected people and do not get infected.