A 31-year-old male asked:
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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
27 years experience in Emergency Medicine
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/
Answered on Oct 1, 2017

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