The ‘brain-eating amoeba’ that shut down Iowa’s beach is as rare as it is deadly


A rare “brain-eating amoeba” has temporarily closed an Iowa beach. Three Fires Lake Beach in Taylor County is temporarily closed to swimming effective immediately. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services announced the closure Thursday evening. The closure is due to Naegleria fowleri, known as the “brain-eating amoeba”. “A Missouri resident has confirmed infection after potentially being exposed while swimming at Lake of the Three Fires. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state are testing lake waters to confirm if the brain-eating amoeba is in the water. This testing process will take several days. This is the first reported case in Iowa, according to CDC data. The amoeba can cause extremely rare life-threatening brain infections. This cannot be occur only if the contaminated water goes up a swimmer’s nose and cannot be spread from person to person.In a statement, the state encourages people to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of infection by limiting the amount of water that comes up into the nose: Hold your nose closed, use nose clips, or keep your head above water when doing water-related activities in bodies of warm fresh water Avoid water-related activities. warm fresh water during periods of high water temperature. Avoid digging or stirring up sediment when participating in water-related activities in shallow, warm freshwater areas. Naegleria fowleri is rare and deadly survived – it’s a mortality rate of over 97%. The CDC says the majority of infections occur in freshwater – when temperatures hit triple digits. Most cases occur in the southern United States – but a recent study found that the parasite appears more frequently in the Midwest. The study indicates that this could be the result of rising temperatures in the region. Other lakes MNR does not recommend swimming in: MNR has issued “swimming not recommended” advisories for these 11 beaches, including Big Creek in Polk County. The problem in these lakes isn’t the brain-eating amoeba, most have higher levels of e coli or blue-green algae. You can check the status of all state park beaches at iowadnr.gov. No more news:

A rare “brain-eating amoeba” has temporarily closed an Iowa beach.

Three Fires Lake Beach in Taylor County is temporarily closed for swimming effective immediately.

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services announced the closure Thursday evening.

The closure is due to Naegleria fowleri, known as the “brain-eating amoeba”.

A Missouri resident has a confirmed infection after potentially being exposed while swimming at Lake of Three Fires.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state are testing lake waters to confirm if the brain-eating amoeba is in the water. This testing process will take several days.

This is the first case reported in Iowa, according to CDC data.

The amoeba can cause extremely rare life-threatening brain infections.

This can only happen if the contaminated water comes up through a swimmer’s nose and cannot spread from person to person.

In a statement, the state encourages people to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of infection by limiting the amount of water that comes up through the nose:

  • Close your nose, use nose clips, or keep your head above water when participating in water-related activities in bodies of warm fresh water.
  • Avoid water-related activities in warm fresh water during periods of high water temperature.
  • Avoid digging or stirring up sediment when participating in water-related activities in shallow, warm freshwater areas.

Naegleria fowleri is rare and deadly

According to the CDC, of ​​the 154 known cases from 1962 to 2021, only four people survived, a mortality rate of more than 97%.

The CDC says the majority of infections occur in freshwater – when temperatures hit triple digits.

Most cases occur in the southern United States, but a recent study found that the parasite appears more frequently in the Midwest.

The study indicates that this could be the result of rising temperatures in the region.

Other lakes in which the DNR does not recommend swimming:

The DNR has issued “swimming not recommended” advisories for these 11 beaches, including Big Creek in Polk County.

The problem in these lakes is not the brain-eating amoeba, most have higher levels of e coli or blue-green algae.

You can check the status of all state park beaches at iowadnr.gov.

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