Channels at US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte reopen after brain-eating amoeba death

Whitewater rafting course scheduled to start up again today

File Photo: US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC Photo Credit: Chuck Burton, AP Photo

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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