Houston officials routinely checking water supply after brain-eating amoeba concerns in Lake Jackson

Local officials need to check water supplies to prevent issues like brain-eating amoeba, experts say
Local officials need to check water supplies to prevent issues like brain-eating amoeba, experts say

HOUSTON – Pediatric infectious disease expert Dr. Matt Linam cherishes the success achieved he and his team saw in 2013 against the brain-eating amoeba that is now a concern for Lake Jackson families.

“I will always look back and think that it was a modern-day miracle," Linam said.

The odds were stacked, but they broke a deadly streak that the Naegleria Fowleri amoeba had experienced in the U.S. for decades.

“(It was the) first survivor in about 35 years,” Linam said from his office in Atlanta.

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Linam shared insight into his Arkansas case as well as the challenges in fighting the amoeba that killed a 6-year-old Lake Jackson boy last week.

“A warm shallow body of water sentiment is the perfect environment for (the amoeba) to thrive in,” Linam explained.

Officials believe this was the case in Lake Jackson. However, attaining the amoeba is extremely rare according to Linam.


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