Risk Of Brain Eating Amoeba Reported in Rio Grande River

Published: Jul. 26, 2016 at 5:50 PM CDT
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A brain-eating amoeba is threatening immigrants and people who are used to swimming or taking baths in the Rio Grande.

Last week, a dangerous bacteria was reported in the river.

According to health experts, submerging your head underwater could cause deadly consequences.

Since 2005, Texas has seen nine cases where eight people have lost their lives.

Authorities on both sides of the border are conducting studies to test the quality of the river's water.

Some tips when going in fresh waters.

-Don't swim, ski, or dive in standing water.

-Use nose clips when swimming or diving.

-Avoid submerging your head completely.

-Don't stir the sediment in the water.

-Always take a shower with clean water and soap after getting into natural water.