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A 26-year-old male asked:

I got tap water up my nose. can naegleria fowleri survive in tap water? or would the chlorine kill it?

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Dr. Andrea Rodgers
29 years experience
Infection unlikely: Infections from Naegleria Fowleri are very rare especially from tap water. I don't think you should worry. More info here: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
N. fowleri could: only survive if chlorination was inadequate. "very rarely, Naegleria fowleri has caused deaths associated with tap or faucet water going up the nose . Naegleria fowleri can grow in public and private water tanks and pipes, especially where little or no disinfectant (like chlorine or chloramine) is present. It can also grow in the pipes and water heaters of homes and buildings."
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
Oct 1, 2017

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A 26-year-old male asked:

Does chlorine in tap water kill Naegleria Fowleri? I get water up my nose when showering. I heard you can get PAM from tap water.

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
You heard wrong: Chlorine kills Naegleria, but even unchlorinated tap water probably never transmits it. All cases are acquired in warm water outdoors, typically in stagnant lakes or pools, mostly in the southern US. Usually there are under 10 cases each year in the entire country. This is an extraordinarily rare infection that you shouldn't worry about if you don't swim in such places.
Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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