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N. fowleri loves very warm water and can survive in water as hot as 113 F. But it can't live in salt water. And it can't survive in properly treated swimming pools or in properly treated city water. You can find it in:

Most cases of N. fowleri disease happen in Southern or Southwestern states. Over half of all infections have been in Florida and Texas.

  • Warm lakes, ponds, and rock pits
  • Mud puddles
  • Warm, slow-flowing rivers, especially those with low water levels
  • Hot springs and other geothermal water sources
  • Thermally polluted water, such as runoff from power plants
  • Aquariums
  • Soil, including indoor dust

From: Brain-Eating Amoeba WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Jonathan S. Yoder, MPH, epidemiologist, division of parasitic diseases, CDC, Atlanta.

Yoder, J.S. , 2010. Epidemiology and Infection

Seidel, J.S. , Feb. 11, 1982. New England Journal of Medicine

Jain, R. , 2002. Neurology India

Baron, S., editor, , 4th edition, Chapter 81, "Free Living Amebas." Medical Microbiology

Blair, B. , September 2008. Emerging Infectious Diseases

De Jonckheere, J.F. , published online, Aug. 6, 2011. ScienceDirect

Santos Neto, J.G. , 1970. American Journal of Clinical Pathology

Teixeira, L.H. , 2009. Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 30, 2008.

CDC web site.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Jonathan S. Yoder, MPH, epidemiologist, division of parasitic diseases, CDC, Atlanta.

Yoder, J.S. , 2010. Epidemiology and Infection

Seidel, J.S. , Feb. 11, 1982. New England Journal of Medicine

Jain, R. , 2002. Neurology India

Baron, S., editor, , 4th edition, Chapter 81, "Free Living Amebas." Medical Microbiology

Blair, B. , September 2008. Emerging Infectious Diseases

De Jonckheere, J.F. , published online, Aug. 6, 2011. ScienceDirect

Santos Neto, J.G. , 1970. American Journal of Clinical Pathology

Teixeira, L.H. , 2009. Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 30, 2008.

CDC web site.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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