Alexandria, La- The Niggera Fowleri is a very deadly amoeba that has been found in the drinking water of several Louisiana perishes earlier this week. One of the most recent cities affected by this potentially deadly intruder is New Orleans, and this is not their first battle with this deadly organism.
Niggera Fowleri is a single celled organism that can also be found in still standing waters. Places like lakes, rivers and ponds can be a breeding grounds for these unseen killers especially in the warmer temperatures. They are also know to invade the water infrastructures.
While the city is taking all of the precautions they can to protect residents in New Orleans, there is no way to eliminate the risk of contact all together. People in high risk areas will need to take extra precautions.
A statement was released by city officials saying that the “DHH Safe Drinking Water Program staff sampled seven sites along the St. Bernard Parish Water System. Two of the seven sites tested positive for the amoeba.”
Officcials also stated that “One positive test was at a site at the water treatment plant before the water was treated. The second positive test occurred at 948 Angela Street, which may have been contaminated by ground water due to a leak at the sampling station.
Chlorine levels at the site of the positive sample did meet the 0.5 mg/l requirement.”
If you have an in-ground or otherwise chlorinated swimming pool then you may be safe. Chlorination will eliminate the amoeba. Children’s pools, slip and slides and any other activity that can bring tap water into you or your child’s nose should be avoided.
These deadly amoebas multiply at alarming rates in warm water. Rivers and lakes are notorious for the killers, but now you can encounter them in your own bath tub or back yard.
When ask who was under the “Brain Eating Amoeba Alert” the water department only stated that “There are a number of parts of St. Bernard parish that still don’t have the same levels of population since Hurricane Katrina, meaning less water gets used.”
She went on to say that the more water is used the more the lines are flushed hence eliminating a standing water situation that aides in the rapid reproduction of these monsters.
Water needs to be flowing to really reduce contamination risks.
Niggera Fowleri is almost always a death sentence for those whose brains become infected and swollen. It attaches itself to the nerves concentrated on smell and reaps havoc on the brain which incidentally becomes its food source. The death is sudden and tragic to say the least.
While the water is safe to drink it is very important to avoid getting it into your nose. There are 12 public water drinking water systems that have not been confirmed or ruled out to be infected by the all too common Naegleria fowleri. Everyone should treat their water as if this killer is present.
It can take up to 2 weeks for symptoms to appear or they may occur in as little as 2 days. The average time of survival once the symptoms become present is 5 to 7 days. They may mirror a viral meningitis infection, when in fact it is something far more sinister.
Look out for things like severe headaches, hallucinations, stiffness in the neck, blurry vision, fever, poor or no appetite, droopy eyelids, an altered mental state,seizures, vomiting and coma. Some even lose their sense of taste.
Note that more than 60% of those infected annually are children 13 and younger. There are no treatments for this violent predator, and limited ways to protect yourself. However, you can reduce your risks by avoiding getting untreated waters in your nose.
This also means to be cautious while bathing and face washing. Avoid those quick set untreated pools, sprinklers and slip & slides. Outdoor water-slides may also pose a risk. Rivers, lakes and ponds are also infectious in most cases.
If you must use your tap waters to bathe or for play do let it run 5-7 minutes to flush the pipes and reduce some of the risks. This will also help to clean out the systems after a disinfectant increase by your water company.
A chlorine burn has been implemented in the St Bernard perish water systems which were confirmed infected, however precautions should be vigilantly heeded.