Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration in Brazoria County in the US this week, after finding an amoeba that can cause a rare and deadly infection of the brain in the local water supply system.
“The state of Texas is taking swift action to respond to the situation and support the communities whose water systems have been impacted by this amoeba,” Abbott, a Republican, said in a news release Sunday (local time). “I urge Texans in Lake Jackson to follow the guidance of local officials and take the appropriate precautions to protect their health and safety as we work to restore safe tap water in the community.”
The governor’s declaration follows an investigation into the death of 6-year-old Josiah McIntyre in Lake Jackson this month, after contracting the brain-eating microbe, which prompted local authorities and Center for Disease Control (CDC) experts to test the water. The preliminary results came back Friday and showed that 3 in 11 samples tested positive.
One of the samples came from a hose spigot at the boy’s home, Lake Jackson City Manager Modesto Mundo said, according to CBS News.