Authorities in Lake Jackson, Texas, have called on residents not to use tap water because it is contaminated with a deadly brain-eating microbe.
The local water authority has warned of possible contamination of its supplies to the city – home to about 27,000 people – with amoeba niglerosis.
It usually affects people when contaminated water enters their bodies through the nose. This infection is usually fatal.
Infections with this type of ambia are rare in the United States, with only 34 cases recorded between 2009 and 2018.
Eight areas in Texas County are required not to use their water supplies for any reason, other than flushing toilets. However, the warning was raised on Saturday for all areas except Lake Jackson.
The Texas Environmental Quality Commission said Lake Jackson residents should continue to avoid using tap water “until the water system is adequately sanitized and until samples indicate that the water is safe to use.”