Poor chlorination of water continues as Naegleria hunts ninth victim


KARACHI: Director Health Karachi Dr Zafar Ejaz on Monday said at least nine people have been died from brain-eating Naegleria Fowleri in 2015.

He said out of total deaths, six were reported from Karachi, two from interior Sindh and one from Hub. He said eight males and one female died from Naegleria Fowleri this year so far.

Earlier, a person died d by the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria Fowleri, taking the death toll nine in the province since January 2015.

A 23-year-old resident of Umerkot district was initially taken to a public hospital in Hyderabad but was later moved to a private hospital in critical condition, who died from Naegleria on other day.

Insufficient chlorinated water may trigger Naegleria.

Focal Person Naegleria Committee Health Department Sindh Dr Zafar Mehdi said Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) is running 155 pumping stations across the city and water samples collected showed that the chlorination level present in water supplied across the city is not satisfactory.

He feared that insufficient chlorinated water may trigger Naeglera cases as chlorination level in 95 percent pumping station is unsatisfactory.