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Louisiana Health Officials Adding Chlorination Process in Water System
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) urges people to seek medical attention whenever they develop a sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck and vomiting, particularly if they have been in warm freshwater recently. Naegleria fowleri, a bain-eating amoeba has already killed at least two children this summer and has prompted health officials to chlorinate the water supply to kill the amoeba.

The amoeba thrive is warm, standing freshwater and the sediment of rivers and lakes.

Early symptoms of a Naegleria infection include a severe frontal headache, fever, nausea and vomiting, according to the CDC. But those can swiftly give way to a stiff neck, seizures, confusion and hallucinations as the amoeba makes its way up through the nasal cavity into the brain.

Naegleria cannot be contracted through drinking contaminated water, but families are urged to take special precautions when swimming and bathing.

 
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