Officials in Saint Bernard County, near New Orleans, Louisiana, have issued an alert that Naegleria fowleri have been found in their drinking water. This is the amoeba that killed several kids swimming in warm lakes in the Southeast United States. The amoeba goes into the brain and destroys it by going up the nose, so the warning to water-users is: don’t let water get in your nose! They’ve started chlorinating the water, which they say will kill the amoeba, and they reassure the residents that the water is safe to use.
As I was writing this, I thought I had already written about this in the Spring, when the first deaths occurred, but I can’t find it! So, here’s some background: