Naegleria Fowleri is the brain eating amoeba that lives naturally in freshwater including lakes, rivers, ponds, even ditch water and hot springs, underchlorinated splash pads, and has been found in public water systems after deaths occured from nasal rinsing with neti-pots without distilled or previously boiled water. It thrives, multiplies and feeds on bacteria and is a life-threatening risk when the water temperature is warm,
near 80 degrees and warmer.
When water temps drop below 80, this amoeba could still be active and still pose as a risk.
This amoeba is dangerous if it enters the body through the nose which can occur during water activities such as
swimming, diving, jumping, skiing, wakeboarding, being submerged, splashing around,
and nasal rinsing.
The amoeba Naegleria Fowleri travels to the brain and causes the
fatal brain infection Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis.
Initial symptoms resemble meningitis or the flu and
show 1-14 days after contact, but then life is typically lost just 3-5 days after symptoms show.