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Bossier City, LA
A 23-year-old female asked:

i live in bossier city louisiana and i have city water. i got water up my nose after taking a bath. should i be scared of the brain eating ameoba?

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Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Holistic Medicine 53 years experience
No: Chlorinated city water should kill that amoeba and the cases are very rare.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Naegleria fowleri: In June 2017 Naegleria fowleri Ameba was confirmed in North Monroe & Schriever Water Systems in Louisiana. The CDC recommends the following precautions by residents until the water no longer tests positive for N. fowleri. SEE: http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/4284

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Atlanta, GA
A 30-year-old female asked:

Live in Smyrna, GA. A little bit of water went up my nose in the shower. I'm terrified of the risk of contracting the brain-eating amoeba. How likely?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not to worry.: Naegleria Fowlerii lives in warm fresh water such as ponds and lakes. It does not live in treated water or in the ocean. Even in freshwater the case rate seems to be about 3 cases per million exposures.
Atlanta, GA
A 36-year-old female asked:

A little warm water went up to my nose while taking a shower. What are the chances of getting brain-eating amoeba? I've read that n. fowleri can live in heaters and pipes. (Smyrna, GA?

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Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Water up the nose : As you know water is treated with chlorine to prevent the spread of infection. There is no known case of your concern from tap water and millions of people take a shower every day.

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