Brain-eating amoeba found at Whitewater Center


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Days after an Ohio teen died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba after visiting the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte is shutting down as a precaution to the public.

According to Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James, Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found at the Whitewater Center and the facility would be closed by county officials until the source and solution can be identified.

The Whitewater Center released the following statement Friday evening:

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC), after discussion with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health officials, has decided to temporarily suspend all whitewater activities effective immediately. This decision was made by the Whitewater Center after initial test results found Naegleria Fowleri DNA was present in the whitewater system. The USNWC is working with the CDC and local health officials to develop next steps. Only whitewater activities are suspended. The USNWC remains open for all other operations and activities.


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