Eight Texas cities near the Gulf of Mexico have been placed under a ‘do not use water’ advisory
With unrelenting racial tensions, a devastating global pandemic and the threat of financial collapse hovering over the U.S., it would seem that 2020 couldn’t get any worse.
But a new calamity has befallen several cities in Texas’ Greater Houston metropolitan area that are under a “do not use water” advisory due to fears that a deadly brain-eating amoeba is lurking in their tap water.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, is usually found in warm freshwater and soil. It tends to infect people when the contaminated water enters the body through the nose and then travels to the brain where it can cause a rare and debilitating disease called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).