The Friends of the Brazos River, a non-profit conservation organization, wants to increase awareness of the dangers of swimming in stagnant water and possibly contracting a disease caused by water-borne amoeba.
Adam Eyres of Friends of the Brazos appeared before the Glen Rose City Council Monday evening to discuss the amoeba issue. Primary amebic meningoencephalitis is a rare disease contracted from an amoeba called Naegleria Fowleri found in warm bodies of water. In rare instances, it's fatal as the amoeba travels through nasal passages to the brain and spinal cord.
The Texas Department of Health has recommended that people not swim in stagnant or polluted water and to use nose clips or hold their noses shut while jumping into untreated water.
Eyres noted that the city has erected signs at Big Rocks Parks. He also suggested signs be posted at campgrounds such as Oakdale Park to alert people from out of town who may not be aware of the amoeba.
“Tourists are the ones who may not have that information at hand,” Eyres said.
The Brazos has been fortunate because water has been released out of dams, but the Paluxy is running dry with green, stagnant pools.
Last August 7-year-old Kyle Gracin Lewis died after his family visited Glen Rose and he swam in the Paluxy River. His parents have begun the non-profit Kyle Lewis Amoeba Awareness Foundation to spread awareness and save others from the pain and heartache they've experienced.
Visit his Facebook site, www.friendsofthebrazos.org and the Brazos River Authority Web site to learn more at www.brazos.org.