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Abbott issues disaster declaration after brain-eating amoeba found in Brazoria County water supply

The parasite is already blamed for the death of a 6-year-old boy in Lake Jackson.
The parasite is already blamed for the death of a 6-year-old boy in Lake Jackson.(KOSA)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 12:07 AM CDT
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ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - Governor Greg abbot issued a disaster declaration on Sunday after a deadly, brain-eating amoeba was found in Brazoria County drinking water near Houston.

The city of Lake Jackson, located within the county, was made aware of the issue in early September when a 6-year-old boy was hospitalized with the amoeba and later died.

City officials say 50 percent of the city’s water comes from the Brazosport Water Authority, and the other half comes from wells.

Right now—Lake Jackson officials have not pinpointed the problem, but they have taken Brazosport Water Authority out of the equation.

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