The best way to protect against this brain eating amoeba , and any others that may be lurking in your home’s plumbing, is to use only disinfected, boiled or distilled water in a Neti pot. Water can be easily sanitized at the point-of-use with an Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system, handheld UV sterilizer, or countertop water distiller.
This past summer we’ve seen three deaths attributed to the Naegleria amoeba. Known as the “brain eating parasite,” this organism conjures images of tiny zombies eating away at your brain! While the reality is not quite as dramatic as those images might imply, the results of infection by this organism are just as deadly. Of all the documented cases found in the U.S., only one person has survived.
This parasitic amoeba thrives in the water in warm climates, and can survive in water as warm as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. This amoeba usually infects humans by entering the nasal cavity and then using the brain as “food.” You would think that the best method to avoid infection by this amoeba would be to simply avoid swimming in warm, stagnant waters, right? Well, a recent incident suggests even tap water may be a risk.
In June of 2011, a man died of the infection (Naegleria meningoencephalitis) after using his home’s tap water to fill his Neti pot. Although municipal water is treated and disinfected at the plant, it is still possible for contamination to enter downstream. In this case, health officials found the amoeba in the home’s plumbing, even though no traces were found in the city’s water samples.
Now that the amoeba has been discovered in someone’s home water supply, how can you protect yourself from this deadly parasitic organism?
The best way to protect against this organism, and any others that may be lurking in your home’s plumbing, is to use only disinfected, boiled or distilled water in a Neti pot. Water can be easily sanitized at the point-of-use with an Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system, handheld UV sterilizer, or countertop water distiller. Simple carbon or sediment filtration devices, like countertop filters or faucet/pitcher filters are not enough to combat these organisms.
Ultimately, we are all responsible for ensuring the quality of water in our homes for ourselves and our families. Visit Fresh Water Systems today and discover the right water treatment solutions to fit your family’s needs.