Texas Warns of Brain-Eating Amoeba That Kills 97 Percent of Sufferers

As the state's temperatures increase, a Texas river authority has issued a warning to residents about the presence of brain-eating amoebas in the water.

Rising temperatures, according to the Brazos River Authority, raise the risk of Naegleria fowleri, a lethal bacteria that can be found in freshwater, pools, and springs.

People are infected by the microorganism when it enters the body through the nose, usually while swimming or diving.

It can then migrate up the nose and into the brain, destroying tissue.

Illnesses are rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with 33 infections occurring in the United States between 2011 and 2020.

Infections, on the other hand, have a high mortality rate of more than 97 percent, meaning that almost everyone infected with the amoeba dies.

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