Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills Florida Resident: What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

As if we didn't have enough to worry about, now we have to add brain-eating amoebas to the list of potential dangers lurking in our water supply. 

In recent news, a deadly brain-eating amoeba has claimed yet another victim in Florida who died after using a neti pot filled with tap water to rinse their sinuses. Unfortunately, the resident was unaware that the water used for the neti pot was not properly filtered, highlighting the potential dangers of using untreated water for nasal irrigation. 
This particular amoeba, known as Naegleria fowleri, is found in warm freshwater and can enter the body through the nose, causing an infection that attacks the brain and nervous system. 

While cases of Naegleria fowleri are extremely rare, it's still concerning to think that something as innocuous as a swim in a lake or a sip of tap water could lead to such a deadly outcome. 

So, what can you do to protect yourself?  

Here are a few helpful tips: 

  • When using a neti pot, opt for using clean, purified water. 
  • Avoid dunking your head underwater when spending time in an untreated body of water.  
  • If you have a private pool, be sure to maintain proper disinfection before use. 
  • Be cautious about allowing untreated water into your nose when bathing or washing your face, and make sure the water is properly filtered if necessary. 
  • If you're unsure about the safety of your water, consider filtering it before use. 

Of course, you could avoid swimming altogether and stick to bottled water, but that's not exactly practical. Instead, consider investing in a reverse osmosis system and a UV system that can effectively remove harmful contaminants from your water supply. 

The Benefits of Using a Reverse Osmosis System 

Reverse osmosis (RO) is effective at removing brain-eating amoebas from drinking water by using a 4-stage process to filter out contaminants, including microorganisms. The membrane filter has tiny pores that are too small for the microorganisms to pass through, effectively trapping and removing them from the water. 

In addition to physically removing the amoebas, the pressure used in the RO process can also damage or destroy their cellular structure, ensuring that the treated water is safe to drink. 

Looking for Whole-House Protection? Consider a UV System

UV (ultraviolet) light kills brain-eating amoebas by damaging their DNA, preventing replication, and leading to cell death. This makes UV water treatment an effective method for killing not just brain-eating amoebas, but a wide range of other microorganisms as well. 

However, it's important to note that while UV light kills microorganisms, it doesn't physically remove impurities from water, which is why our system includes a multi-stage filtration process for optimal water treatment for the whole house. 

Enjoy life's simple pleasures without worrying about safety risks. At Aquasure, we offer a range of whole-house filtration systems and reverse osmosis systems that can help ensure your water is not only safe to drink, but also safe for everyday use. These systems use advanced filtration technology and process to remove harmful chemicals and bacteria from your water, leaving you with nothing but clean, fresh-tasting H2O. 

And with the recent news of brain-eating amoebas making headlines, there's never been a better time to invest in the health of you and your loved ones. So, don't wait until it's too late – protect your family's health with Aquasure today! 

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