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A nIño from Texas died on September 11 from a brain-eating amoeba which he contracted on a surface where children slide into the water at the Don Misenheimer Public Park, located in Arlington. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are no more registered cases.
The 5th of September the child was admitted to Cook Children’s Medical Center for primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, infection caused by amoeba Naegleria fowleri, according to a statement from local health authorities.
The name and age of the minor were not disclosed to protect his identity and the privacy of his relatives.
Upon learning that the boy was hospitalized, health authorities took water samples from the boy’s home in Tarrant and the section of the park where he played with water in Arlington, which were the last two places the minor visited before being admitted. at the health center.
These samples were sent to the CDC, who determined that amoeba Naegleria fowleri it was actually present in the water of the “splash pad”.
Arlington authorities closed the section of the park where the boy was exposed to the bacteria for the rest of the year. In addition, they reported that they also ordered the closure of all “splash pads” in the city “as a precaution.”
In another statement, the city admitted that park staff did not frequently perform the pertinent tests to determine the quality of the water.
“Records did not always show the amount of sanitizing chemical which was manually added to the splash deck water system“Continues the statement.
Lemuel Randolph, City of Arlington deputy mayor, told Fox 4 that the fact that the city “may have played a role in this case is really disturbing.”
The CDC also conducted water quality studies in Arlington, but they determined that it meets sanitation standards and that the water is completely safe for its consumers.
The health entity also assured that there are no more cases of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis registered so far. The CDC website indicates that amoeba infections Naegleria fowleri they are quite rare with only 34 cases registered between 2010 and 2019. In addition, it reports that this bacterium is commonly found in rivers and lakes.