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NO SWIMMING AT VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK

 More and more information has been coming out from the Florida Department of Health and various public safety agencies regarding the risks associated with swimming in warm untreated bodies of water.

 

The lake at Veterans Park is closed to swimmers due to the continued possible risk of primary amebic meningoencephalitis to park patrons.  Primary amebic meningoencephalitis is caused by the Naegleria Ameba entering the body through the nose and traveling to the spinal cord and brain and then destroys brain tissue.  

 

Although this is relatively rare, it is almost 100% fatal.  The US Center for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health both state that the only known way to prevent Naegleria infections is to refrain from water-related activities in bodies of water that are suitable for Naegleria Ameba to live.  This includes warm, fresh-water lakes, ponds, and rivers. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Richard L. Tucci, Assistant Director, Palm Bay Parks & Recreation at (321)-953-8912.

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