Local city, health officials warn of summer water risk, deadly infection for children

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Rising temperatures are here and water recreation is on the minds of most of us.

The city and local health officials want to warn anyone who will be swimming in area lakes and rivers about the possible presence of a high preventable waterborne disease.

This amoeba can infect children by entering the sinus cavity and become fatal.

While in contact with the amoeba in natural bodies of water is common, the infection is rare due primarily to the only route of infection being through the nose.

“If you’ve got soil in the water, the probability that the ameoba is there will be high. A couple of days after you’ve come back from recreating at the lake, if the child seems like they have a summer cold, running a low grade fever, but then they lose their sense of smell, that can be a poblem,” City of Wichita Falls Utilities Operations Manager Daniel Nix said.

In order to protect your kids this summer, make sure to never let them play or swim in warm, muddy, stagnant waters. Also, teach them to hold their nose or use nose clips when playing in any natural water body.

If your child starts to experience any of the symptoms below, contact a health care provider immediately:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Stiff neck
  • Loss of balance
  • Disorientation
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

For more information, visit the CDC website or contact the Wichita Falls – Wichita County Public Health District at 940-761-7805.

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