Deadly Amoeba and Water Quality

water quality

Health officials found Naegleria fowleri, a deadly brain-eating amoeba, in the drinking water of two Louisiana parishes. According to Louisiana’s State Health Officer, chlorine levels will be increased in response to the findings, which will kill any possible amoeba still in the drinking water. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be looking at recommended levels of chlorine in water across the country.

According to Vadim Malkov, a chemist and expert in the water quality analysis field, “The root cause of this and other similar issues is in the poor chemical education people currently receive. Sometimes public opinion is formed and manipulated by people proclaiming how bad the water chemistry is. This often leads to the regulators and drinking water operators cutting down the chlorine levels, because of fears that it is ‘bad for you.’ We all have a pretty short memory, and the long years without cholera and typhoid outbreaks have relaxed us too much, thus allowed for the chemistry bashers to prevail.”

CDC officials says the Naegleria fowleri parasite first killed a young Mississippi boy who likely became exposed playing a Slip ‘N Slide in his backyard. Further tests found the amoeba throughout the water supply system in St. Bernard Parish, directly southeast of New Orleans. The Naegleria fowleri is bacteria is usually harmless. However, the heat-loving bacteria can become deadly when entering a person’s nose. It can attach to nerves that take smell signals to the brain, reproducing and causing the brain to swell. The resulting infection is almost always deadly.

Adjusting water quality can eradicate the problem. Professor Lingam Ravikumar,  a researcher of the development of new conducting polymeric materials, says, “Suitable antibacterial moiety that can destroy amoeba can be fixed in a solid polymer network, and the modified polymer can destroy the amoeba. When water passes through the column filled with the modified polymer, it is freed from amoeba.”

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity: