20 Dec '11, 6pm

Contaminated Tap Water Kills 2 Neti Pot Users in Louisiana | Care2 Causes

Contaminated Tap Water Kills 2 Neti Pot Users in Louisiana | Care2 Causes

When two otherwise healthy people who both irrigated their sinuses with tap water died from a rare amoeba infection, officials in Louisiana issued a warning to other neti pot fans to use only distilled or filtered water. Brain-eating Amoeba Common, Infection Rare The amoeba Naegleria fowleri is common in lakes and ponds, especially in the warm waters of the southern United States. But, the micro-organism can only kill if it is introduced directly to the brain, usually through sensitive sinus tissues. Of the 32 U.S. cases of primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) caused by Naegleria fowleri in the last 10 years, 30 were in recreational swimmers who were infected by getting water up their noses. Because Naegleria fowleri isn’t dangerous when ingested, there are no drinking water standards for it and even testing for contamination isn’t very common. It’s assumed that normal...

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