Purging water system of brain-eating microbe to take 60 days

Posted On: Sep 29, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

LAKE JACKSON, Texas - A Houston-area official said Monday it will take 60 days to ensure a city drinking water system is purged of a deadly, microscopic parasite that doctors believed killed a boy and that led to warnings for others not to drink tap water.
Lake Jackson City Manager Modesto Mundo said that three of 11 samples of the city's water indicated preliminary positive results for the naegleria fowleri microbe. Mundo said Lake Jackson residents are still urged to boil their tap water before using it.
One sample, Mundo said, came from the home of Josiah McIntyre, the 6-year-old boy whom doctors said died earlier this month after being infected with the brain-eating parasite.
Maria Castillo, Josiah's mother, said Monday that her son first started showing flu-like symptoms. But those quickly worsened to the point where he had trouble standing and communicating.
“We found out that it was, most likely this amoeba that was causing all of these symptoms,” Castillo said outside her home, in front of a...

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