Water utilities may see an increase in questions about Naegleria fowleri (nā-ˈglir-ē-ah fau̇(-ə)l er-ē) in the coming days, following the discovery of the commonly called "brain-eating amoeba" in potable water samples from a Texas water system.
The Texas Department of Environmental Quality, water supplier and affected community have responded through a series of actions, beginning late last Friday with a do-not-use order for eight communities and subsequent resolving to an active free chlorine treatment and flushing program for one community where preliminary positive samples were observed.
It is important to remember you cannot get infected from drinking water contaminated with Naegleria fowleri. Naegleria fowleri infects people when water containing the amoeba enters the body through the nose.
Learn more about CDC recommendations for protecting yourself from Naegleria fowleri.-contaminated water.