N.C. whitewater channel to reopen after teen dies from brain-eating amoeba

The whitewater channels are scheduled to reopen six weeks after a visitor died from a brain-eating amoeba

A Westerville, Ohio teen died after contracting a brain eating bacteria while swimming.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The whitewater channels at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in North Carolina are scheduled to reopen six weeks after a visitor died from a brain-eating amoeba.

Local news outlets report the center is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday. It shut down its whitewater rafting course on June 23 after 18-year-old Lauren Seitz of Westerville, Ohio, died from an infection caused by the amoeba. Channels at the center were drained after the water tested positive for the brain-eating amoeba in June.

Mecklenburg County health officials have described a plan to monitor water at the center, which installed a new chlorination system to kill microbes. The county will watch the center weekly through August, but reduce visits in September and for the rest of the year.

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