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BREAKING: U.S. National Whitewater Center tests positive for brain-eating amoeba, officials say

A brain-eating amoeba has been found in the water at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC, according to Mecklenburg County Commissioners.

County commissioner Bill James tweeted, "Naegleria fowleri amoeba found at #USNWC- water facilities to be closed by county health. Details forthcoming…"

Naegleria fowleri amoeba found at #USNWC - water facilities to be closed by county health. Details forthcoming @MeckCounty #meckbocc

-- Bill James (@meckcommish) June 24, 2016

Mecklenburg County health officials are closing the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, according to James.

After discussion with @CDCgov and @MeckCounty Health Officials, all whitewater activities temporarily suspended. https://t.co/SAsChigXEZ

-- USNWC (@usnwc) June 24, 2016

The USNWC released the following statement:

"The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC), after discussion with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health officials, has decided to temporarily suspend all whitewater activities effective immediately. This decision was made by the Whitewater Center after initial test results foundNaegleria Fowleri DNA was present in the whitewater system. The USNWC is working with the CDC and local health officials to develop next steps. Only whitewater activities are suspended. The USNWC remains open for all other operations and activities."

A press conference is planned for 6:30 p.m. at the Hall Marshall Center on N.Tryon Street.

The news comes days after the announcement that Lauren Seitz, 18, of Westerville, Ohio died from Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis, an infection caused by Naegleria fowleri, after visiting the center. The North Carolina Division of Human Health and Safety said the only known underwater exposure was believed to be when Seitz, who was riding in a raft with several others from her church group that overturned at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Seitz was drum major of the marching band at Westerville South High School.

Officials: Ohio teen dies from brain-eating amoeba after visit to Whitewater Center

The amoeba is naturally present in warm lakes during the summer and does not cause illness if swallowed, but can be fatal if forced up the nose, according to the CDC.

Symptoms of Naeglaeria fowleri include:

Headache Fever Nausea Vomiting Stiff Neck Confusion Lack of Attention to People and Surroundings Loss of Balance Seizures Hallucinations

Brain-eating amoeba: What you need to know

Fewer than 10 cases have been reported annually in the United State during the last 53 years.

Only three people have been known to survive after contracting the amoeba. Two of the three known survivors were treated with the experimental drug called Miltefosine. If symptoms were caught early sometimes it prevented major brain damage from occurring.

Experimental drug used to treat "brain eating" amoeba

FOX46Charlotte is working to gather more details. Keep refreshing this story as more information becomes available.

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