KARACHI: The committee formed to investigate the cause of the fatal parasite, Naegleria fowleri, has collected samples from swimming pools of the water parks. The Sindh health department has confirmed five deaths from the infection. Samples were collected from 30 swimming pools to check for the right amount of chlorine. Sources said that certain water parks had refused to give samples and have been reported to the Karachi administrator. Dr Aslam Pervez of the city government said that the samples have been sent to the Food Laboratory at Guru Mandar and the results are due in a few days. The teams collecting samples are also educating water park owners on chlorination and maintain chlorine levels between 1.5 and 2.5 PPM.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2012.