Amoebas in drinking water: a double threat

Analysis reveals widespread, hidden contamination by the sometimes lethal parasites

6:29pm, January 28, 2011

Amoebas — blob-shaped microbes linked to several deadly diseases — contaminate drinking-water systems around the world, according to a new analysis. The study finds that amoebas are appearing often enough in water supplies and even in treated tap water to be considered a potential health risk.

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