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October 7th, 2007
06:32 PM ET

Safer Waters

Monday's story on a deadly amoeba lurking in some U.S. lakes served a dual purpose:  to inform and to warn.  At the end of his report, John Zarrella tells us to wear nose clips if we're swimming in lakes whose water temperature is over 80 degrees.  Not sure about the water temperature?  Wear a clip, or stay out altogether.

But here's something interesting:  The CDC says that you can't be infected by this amoeba if you're swimming in a properly maintained pool – the chlorine kills the amoeba.  So if it's still warm enough to swim in your town, opt for the bluer waters!


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  1. Mr. Browder

    My 6B Freshmen Success class just finished the story on deadly amoebas. We have a popular lake where a lot of students spend their summers.

    Chris: we should check Lake Murray because their are summer camps that use it with a lot of kids.
    Harrison: we should check periodically to keep people out of the water if there is a threat.
    Chelsey: We should check because we have really hot summers with people swimming and fishing.
    Beth: We use Lake Murray for so many things (including hydro-electric energy) so we should make sure it is safe.

    We would be interested in finding out how our lake can be checked.

    October 8, 2007 at 10:16 am |
  2. Jorge

    Why doesn't the government do something about this problem so that they can help US? What ways can we as kids help do something and keep the lakes safe to swim in, in the summer? I hope the government will help us keep the lakes of the United States clean and safe.

    October 10, 2007 at 1:35 pm |
  3. Zyle

    Dear CNN,

    Its very unfortunate for the people that have been affected by the amoebas. Of all the things to get infected with, espically with something that most people don't even know of.

    October 12, 2007 at 11:26 am |