An Ohio teen was visiting the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte where she went swimming and contacted Naegleria fowleri amoeba which, officials believe, went up her nose. She later died. This week, the Whitewater Center was closed as a precaution to the public.
The Naegleria fowleri amoeba, which is able to infiltrate brain tissues and cause a potentially lethal infection, was detected during the investigation into the cause of the teenager’s death and in the water where she was swimming.
Naegleria fowleri infections are rare with fewer than 10 cases in the US for more than 50 years. The amoeba is often found in warm, freshwater lakes during the summer month.
The Whitewater Center is now being treated with filtration, UV radiation and some chlorine, officials say.