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US A brain-eating amoeba claims the life of a 6-year-old boy in Texas

03:25  29 september  2020
03:25  29 september  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Brain - eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri killed Josiah McIntyre, 6, of Lake Jackson, Texas , on Sept. 8. His case prompted officials to issue a "Do Not Use Water Advisory" for eight The death of a 6 - year - old boy alerted Texas officials to the presence of a brain - eating amoeba in their water supply.

Texas Child Dies From Brain - Eating Amoeba , Disaster Declaration IssuedAfter a 6 - year - old boy died from a brain - eating amoeba in Southeast LAKE JACKSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The family of a 6 - year - old boy in Texas continues to be in mourning after the child died from a rare brain - eating

A 6-year-old boy in Lake Jackson, Texas, died earlier this month from an infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba that was found in the water of splash fountain the boy had played in earlier.

a little boy wearing a hat: Josiah McIntyre was infected with a brain-eating amoeba and passed away September 8. © Courtesy Maria Castillo Josiah McIntyre was infected with a brain-eating amoeba and passed away September 8.

Josiah Christopher McIntyre started complaining of a headache and other symptoms around September 3, his mother Maria Castillo told CNN Monday.

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Texas child dies from brain - eating amoeba 04:04. An investigation into a 6 - year - old boy 's death led to the detection of a brain - eating amoeba in a Houston-area city's water supply, health officials confirmed this weekend. 6 - year - old Josiah died on Sept. 8 after being infected with a brain - eating amoeba .

Tens of thousands of Texans were ordered not to use the water after a six - year - old boy died from a rare brain - eating amoeba . Josiah McIntyre died earlier this month, testing positive for Naegleria fowleri after playing at a public splash pad and a sprinkler at home in Lake Jackson in suburban Houston

He then developed a fever and started vomiting. The next day Josiah was taken to the emergency room and was tested for flu, Covid-19, and strep, but all three were negative.

Castillo said she began to worry that his symptoms were not improving.

Finally, on September 6, Castillo took Josiah to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, where he was admitted to the neurological intensive care unit. He underwent a number of CT scans that showed swelling in the brain, which continued to worsen.

"Late Monday night or very early Tuesday morning they told us they believed it was this brain-eating amoeba," Castillo said.

"They explained the rarity of this amoeba and that out of the few cases that there have been very little survivors and that there was no treatment."

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  8 Texas cities were alerted to a brain-eating amoeba found in water supply Residents of eight cities were alerted to a brain-eating amoeba found in a southeast Texas water supply. © Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Computer-generated representation of Naegleria fowleri in its ameboid trophozoite stage, in its flagellated stage, and in its cyst stage. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a water advisory to residents served by the Brazosport Water Authority warning customers not to use any water due to the presence of Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba, found in the water supply on Friday evening.

6 - year - old boy 's death led to investigation that found brain - eating amoeba in Texas city's water supply. Three of 11 sample tests indicated preliminary positive results for the brain - eating microbe, with one sample coming from a hose bib at the boy 's home, Mundo said.

The amoeba , which can cause an infection of the brain , poses “an imminent threat to public health and safety, including loss of life ,” the declaration reads. Tragically, a 6 - year - old boy died earlier this month from the rare infection. It’s believed that he contracted the amoeba from either a gardening

The little boy was suffering from primary amoebic mengioencephalitis, which is caused by an infection of the single-celled amoeba Naegleria fowleri. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these types of infections are rare but almost always fatal.

Josiah died on the evening of September 8, according to his mother. Castillo said once he was removed from various medical machines, his heart eventually stopped beating.

The family is doing an autopsy and the results are pending.

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Josiah was a big Houston Astros fan and idolized Carlos Correa. Castillo said before he passed away the nurses gave him a jersey and a couple of baseballs and put on Correa highlights.

Through the power of social media, Correa and his wife found out about Josiah, and put up a message for him on his Instagram stories, but Josiah had unfortunately already passed away.

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Texas boy , 6, dies from brain - eating amoeba . Earlier this month, 6 - year - old Josh McIntyre died after contracting the microbe. The investigation into his death led to the detection of the brain - eating amoeba after heath officials conducted water sample tests, Lake Jackson City Manager Modesto

Six - year - old Josiah McIntyre, of Texas , died from a brain - eating amoeba , his mother conformed Saturday, and The death of a 6 - year - old boy who officials said was hospitalized with brain - eating amoeba sparked warnings about a possibly tainted water supply in a suburban Houston community.

"Just to hear my son's idol say my son's name and wish us the best is amazing," Castillo said.

"For them to take time out of their busy schedules, for him to take the time to say something to my family and I, that he heard about Josiah, says a lot about them and I'm grateful for that."

Josiah's infection prompts a disaster declaration

The same day Josiah passed, eight Texas cities were alerted to a brain-eating amoeba found in the water supply, but all were cleared except the city of Lake Jackson which issued a disaster declaration.

The city traced Josiah's infection back to two possible sources: a water fountain "splash pad" outside the Lake Jackson Civic Center or water emitted from a hose at Josiah's home, according to a statement from the city.

City officials said the splash pad was immediately closed and they hired a private lab to run a test on a five-gallon water sample from the fountain. The results came back negative on September 14 for Naegleria fowleri, and the CDC was contacted for further water testing from the splash pad.

Representatives from the Texas Department of Health Services collected water samples from the splash pad for testing by the CDC. On September 25, three of the 11 water samples tested positive for Naegleria fowleri.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for all of Brazoria County on Sunday, where Lake Jackson is located.

"The state of Texas is taking swift action to respond to the situation and support the communities whose water systems have been impacted by this amoeba," Abbott said in the press release.

"I urge Texans in Lake Jackson to follow the guidance of local officials and take the appropriate precautions to protect their health and safety as we work to restore safe tap water in the community."

A boil water notice has been issued for the city while authorities work to disinfect the water system, according to the release.

Castillo would not comment as to whether or not she has legal representation. She also declined to comment on potential conversations she and her family are having with the city about the incident.

According to the CDC, 145 people were infected with Naegleria fowleri from 1962 to 2018 and only four survived.

Disinfecting the Texas water supply from a brain-eating amoeba could take months, officials say .
Texas officials said that it could take months to disinfect the brain-eating amoeba contaminated water that claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy. © Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle/AP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a visit to Lake Jackson, Texas, on the recovery effort of a water system infected with a brain eating amoeba. Gov. Greg Abbott held a news conference Tuesday to address what he called "the total tragedy" of the death of Josiah McIntyre, who CNN previously reported died from single-celled brain eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri found in the Lake Jackson water supply earlier this month.

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