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Swimming in Warm Water Safety Information

A number of fatalities have occurred nation-wide from a rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) that inhabits warm water and soils worldwide. The organism enters the brain through the nasal passages and produces a runny nose or sore throat, severe headache and possibly death within a few days. Bathers are advised not to immerse their heads and to keep their noses out of the water.