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NC Whitewater Park Closes After Deadly Amoeba Kills Teen

The amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, occasionally kills people, and is often found in warm bodies of water

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    The U.S. National Whitewater Center in western North Carolina

    Health officials found a brain-destroying amoeba in the water at a North Carolina water park, which suspended operations Friday, NBC News reported. 

    Officials found evidence of the microbe, and shut down the affected parts of the park after an Ohio teen died earlier this week after visiting the U.S. National Whitewater Center near Charlotte. Only whitewater activities are suspended, official said. 

    The amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, occasionally kills people, and is often found in warm bodies of water. Cases of infection are rare. In cases that do result in infection, the microbe can get into the sinuses and from there infect the brain. Although the risk is low, experts say people worried about infection should avoid getting water up their noses. 

    The North Carolina park says it disinfects the water used throughout the facility.