Protect Yourself From Brain-Eating Amoebas
If you read this headline, a couple of things may stand out:
#1 - You may think it's right up there with Protect Yourself From the Zombie Apocalypse! Yeah, that will never happen; and
#2 - If you happen to know me, you probably believe I would be immune from such an organism, because the amoeba would likely die of starvation. So there is that.
Actually, the headline is 100% true. ABC News recently reported the following:
Brain-eating amoebas have been detected in two water systems in Louisiana, the state's health department said Thursday. Health officials reassured residents that drinking tap water is still safe and that taking precautions in pools and showers can reduce their risk of infection.
Health officials confirmed the presence of Naegleria fowleri, commonly known as the brain-eating amoeba, in Ouachita Parish’s North Monroe water system and Terrebonne Parish’s Schriever water system during routine testing. The Louisiana Department of Health said it notified public health officials and the administrators of the water systems on Thursday afternoon.
The health department urged residents to avoid getting water in their noses, which is how the organism can infect the brain. The department also advised the public to run baths, shower taps and hoses for at least five minutes before use to flush the pipes.
So, you can drink the water, but don't get any up your nose because the Naegleri fowleri amoeba will eat your brains? I'm sorry, maybe it's just me, but I am not drinking that water, thank you very much. My nose is pretty close to my mouth. No way!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Naegleria fowleri can cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a brain infection that is almost always fatal. Humans are particularly at high risk for contracting PAM if the brain-eating amoebas enter through the nose — which can happen when people swim or dive in freshwater contaminated with Naegleria fowleri. In the early stages of PAM, symptoms may be similar to those of bacterial meningitis: a severe headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. Late-stage symptoms include seizures, hallucinations and coma... followed by death in nearly every case. These single-celled living organisms seem to have originated in Australia but has now evolved to the United States.
This is scary stuff, but the fact of the matter is: You are in charge of your water and can protect your family from such things as brain-eating amoeba's as well as other microorganisms like bacteria, yeast, virus and cysts. New Technology is available that can trap and kill these organisms so that you can have the peace of mind (not piece of your mind) in knowing that your water is bacteria-free. Many homeowners spare no expense in having the finest entertainment system for their families. Flat Screen TV, $250 cable bill a month, X-Box, Premium sound systems, sub-woofers and all sorts of other things, but when I tell them that they can protect their families from brain-eating amoebas, e-coli, coliform, virus, cryptosporidium, cysts and many other microorganisms for less than $800, they look at me like I am crazy.
"Isn't the city responsible for the safety of my water?" No! You are! The sooner people take control of their own water, the better off we will all be. We have known for quite some time that the water infrastructures in many cities are aging and even crumbling. It is said by many experts that Flint, Michigan is just the tip of the iceberg. Water is one of our most precious resources and it's time we all take charge of our water. Technology of the 21st Century variety is the solution.
The Solution to Bacterial Contamination and Stopping Brain-Eating Ameobas
At US Water Systems, we take this kind of thing very seriously and leave nothing to chance. That why we use the Pulsar Max Ultraviolet Disinfection System to address the Bacterial Purity of your water like no other system to provide a FAIL-SAFE protective cocoon around you and your family’s water giving you the ultimate water quality and peace of mind. With the Pulsar Ultraviolet MAX System you can enjoy bacteria-free clear, clean water from every tap in your home.
We start with "step down filtration" so as to remove sand, silt, solids, and particles smaller than the human eye can see. Then after the step-down filters we use our Interceptor Cartridge, which is up to 99.99% effective in removing bacteria, virus and cysts... even brain-eating amoeba. Not only does this new technology remove all of the above but it also is extremely effective at removing the following contaminants: Arsenic V, Chromium 6, Iron, Lead, Legeonella, Silica and Tannin. It dioes this by using a "Zeta charge" which magnetically traps these particles.
However, we don't stop there. Finally, the water flows through our stainless steel Pulsar UV Disinfection chamber where, any remnants of bacteria and even "brain-eating amoeba" are completely eradicated. Why wouldn't everyone want this protection for their family?
It turns out that space-age technology is the solution to the Zombie Apocalypse... I mean Brain-eating Amoeba.
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