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Brain-eating amoeba killed young man, washed his nose with tap water, expert warns



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Man dies after washing his nose with tap water
A man was the victim of a brain-eating amoeba
The amoeba enters the body through the nose and then travels to the brain.

Washington, The death of a man after allegedly washing his nose with tap water in Charlotte County, Florida has horrified many. The fear of the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri is back in the public eye after the Florida Department of Health confirmed a tap water death. According to a CNN report on Thursday, the department has confirmed that the infected person is deceased and that officials are investigating the matter.

According to the department’s press release, infection with Naegleria fowleri can only occur when water contaminated with the amoeba enters the body through the nose. The amoeba enters the body through the nose and then travels to the brain. The body destroys brain tissue causing a harmful infection called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. The infection is fatal in most cases.

The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County has warned residents to use only distilled water when flushing. Tap water should be boiled for at least one minute and cooled before using it for sinus rinsing. According to the US Food and Drug website, tap water that has not been sterilized is not safe to use as a nasal rinse. This water may contain low levels of microorganisms, such as bacteria, protozoa and amoebas.

what is brain eating amoeba
This amoeba, scientifically known as Naegleria fowleri, can be found all over the United States in soil and warm fresh water, such as lakes, rivers, and hot springs. Commonly known as “brain-eating amoeba”, there is a risk of brain infection. This usually occurs when water containing the amoeba rises through the nose, for example while swimming. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in three people in the United States are infected each year, and these infections are usually fatal.

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