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Naegleria fowleri detected in Grand Teton National Park Hot Springs

January 8, 2024

The free-living thermophilic amoeba Naegleria fowleri (N. fowleri) causes the highly fatal disease primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. The environmental conditions that are favorable to the growth and proliferation of N. fowleri are not well-defined, especially in northern regions of the United States. In this study, we used culture-based methods and multiple molecular approaches to detect and analyzeN. fowleri and other Naegleria spp. in water, sediment, and biofilm samples from five hot spring sites in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, U.S.A. These results provide the first detections of N. fowleri in Grand Teton National Park and provide new insights into the distribution of pathogenic N. fowleri and other nonpathogenic Naegleria spp. in natural thermal water systems in northern latitudes.

Publication Year 2024
Title Naegleria fowleri detected in Grand Teton National Park Hot Springs
DOI 10.1021/acsestwater.3c00650
Authors Elliott Barnhart, Stacy Kinsey, Peter R. Wright, Sara L. Caldwell Eldridge, Vince Hill, Amy Kahler, Mia Mattioli, Robert S. Cornman, Deborah D. Iwanowicz, Zachary Eddy, Sandra Halonen, Rebecca C. Mueller, Brent Peyton, Geoffrey Puzon
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title ACS ES&T Water
Index ID 70251355
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization WY-MT Water Science Center