8 Texas cities alerted to a brain-eating amoeba found in water supply, Sept 2020

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  1. margarita25

    margarita25 “Science, Solutions and Solidarity” - Dr. Tedros

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    Texas city declares disaster after brain-eating amoeba found in tap water

    “Officials in the city of Lake Jackson, Texas, issued a disaster declaration on Saturday in response to drinking water contaminated with a brain-eating amoeba. The city is under a "do not use water order," and has requested an emergency declaration from the state.

    "The City of Lake Jackson, County of Brazoria, Texas, is facing significant threats to life, health and property due to contaminated drinking water," the city said in its emergency request to Governor Greg Abbott. "The impact of this threat is severe. The potential damages include: sickness and death."

    Mayor Bob Sipple wrote that the incident "is of such severity and magnitude" that the city cannot control the threat on its own.“

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    David Gonzalez
    @DavidGonzKHOU

    #BREAKING: city of @LakeJacksonTX issues a disaster declaration after a brain-eating amoeba is detected in its water system. Right now, a DO NOT USE WATER advisory has been issued for Lake Jackson. #khou11
    12:48 PM · Sep 26, 2020

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    8 Texas cities were alerted to a brain-eating amoeba found in water supply - CNN

    “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the brain-eating amoeba is commonly found in soil, warm lakes, rivers, and hot springs. It can also be found in poorly maintained or unchlorinated pools and in warm water discharge from industrial plants.
    The Do Not Use Water Advisory was issued for residents of Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute and Rosenberg, Texas, as well as for the Dow Chemical plant in Freeport and the Clemens and Wayne Scott Texas Department of Criminal Justice corrections facilities.“
     
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    Isn't the drinking water tested before it is released for human consumption?
     
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    Yeah, I cant even process this right now. How absolutely frightening and terrible. Hopefully everyone saw the alert...
     
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    I just now read through the original article and saw he had played in a splash fountain and with the family water hose, versus drinking the water. This article below says the amoeba is benign if you drink it.
     
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    Wow...
     
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    Have they isolated the source???????? totally natural?????
     
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    “Several hundred people showed up at Brazoport College to pick up bottled water. Residents said it was becoming harder and harder to find water, forcing many to rush to the grocery stores.

    One resident BC (snipped to initials by me) was headed home with a cart full of water. She said she was scared.

    “Along with the COVID-19 and now not being able to shower and wash your hands, its a little nerve wrecking,” she said.“

    The ‘Do Not Use’ water advisory came after 6-year-old Josiah McIntye contracted a rare and fatal brain eating amoeba. His family and friends came together earlier Saturday to celebrate his young life. His mother, Maria Castillo, said the child died on Sept. 8.”

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    So, this it’s been in the water for a while then...

     
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    What is a brain-eating amoeba? | khou.com

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    See video / so sad :(

    Carlos Correa reaches out after boy dies of brain-eating amoeba | khou.com


    “CLUTE, Texas — Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is among the dozens and dozens of neighbors who are rushing in to support the family of Josiah McIntyre.

    McIntyre is the 6-year-old Brazoria County boy who died after being infected by a rare but very deadly brain eating ameba. The little boy was an Astros super fan. His mom said she is finding comfort in a message from her son’s favorite player.

    Josiah McIntyre is still with us in so many ways.

    “He loved sports. Baseball, obviously,” said mother Maria Castillo.

    McIntyre also loved the Astros.

    “He used to say that his name was Josiah Christopher McIntyre Carlos Correa,” said Castillo. “He was probably the happiest little boy you would’ve ever met.“


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    Credit: Castillo Family



    Little cutie...so awful for him and his family.
     
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  13. LadyL

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    well I hope organizations will be shipping in bottle water for them
     
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    “TCEQ and city officials are actively working on a plan to flush and disinfect the water system. Until the flushing and disinfecting process is complete, the city remains under the boil notice," the agency said in a news release. "During this period of disinfection and flushing, boiling the tap water makes it safe for drinking and cooking."“

    [...]

    BBM:
    “The city of more than 27,000 residents is the site of the authority's water treatment plant. The authority’s water source is the Brazos River, with runs through the city located south of Houston.“

    Brain-eating amoeba in water supply spurs Texas city to declare disaster after boy, 6, dies

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    “Symptoms start 1-9 days (median 5 days) after swimming or other nasal exposure to Naegleria-containing water. People die 1-18 days (median 5 days) after symptoms begin. The infection is difficult to detect because the disease progresses rapidly so that diagnosis is usually made after death.“

    What is a brain-eating amoeba? | khou.com

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    You know, speaking of fountains, I’ve seen kids get sick from these before, the public ones, like at parks, etc. I’ll have to research and see what those previous illnesses were...I remember this from many years ago.
     
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    Scary stuff.
     
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    Gov. Abbott issues disaster declaration in Brazoria Co. after deadly amoeba found in Lake Jackson

    “The city of Lake Jackson lifted a Do-Not-Use advisory for water customers, but a boil order remains in place.“

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    “The earlier advisory urged residents not to use water for cooking, bathing or drinking.

    The updated guidance lifted those restrictions and was part of a planned transition to bring the water system back to normal, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.“



    Gov. Abbott responds to deadly amoeba with disaster declaration | khou.com

    “The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is working alongside the City of Lake Jackson, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the CDC, and the Environmental Protection Agency to resolve the ongoing water issue.

    "The state of Texas is taking swift action to respond to the situation and support the communities whose water systems have been impacted by this ameba," said Governor Abbott. "I urge Texans in Lake Jackson to follow the guidance of local officials and take the appropriate precautions to protect their health and safety as we work to restore safe tap water in the community."“
     
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    I’ll be sure to listen to local government. While I use bottled water. And boiled water. It’s too swift of a solution.
     
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    Proper care and extra investigation and test should have conducted.
     
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