The indoor municipal pool of Torrijos (Toledo) in which a minor of 10 years was infected last May of the "amoeba comecerebros" will not open its doors until the General Directorate of Public Health of Castilla-La Mancha has complete certainty that this parasite is no longer in its waters.
This has been declared to Efe by the Director General of Public Health, Manuel Tordera, who explained that, at this moment, they are waiting for the National Center of Microbiology of Majadahonda (Madrid) to provide them with the results of the samples that they have been taken in the water of the pool, after having been emptied and filled with new water.
Tordera has reported that his department learned that the girl suffered meningitis last May, when she was admitted to the Virgen de la Salud Hospital in Toledo, although it was not until June when, in view of the samples that she referred to the National Center of Microbiology, when they knew that the cause of the infection was not a bacterium, but a "amoeba of free life".
Tordera explained that this parasite, known scientifically as "Naegleria fowleri", lives in the environment without causing harm to humans, but when it proliferates in warm waters can cause lethal infections, reaching the brain through the olfactory nerves during bathroom.
For this reason, once an epidemiological study was conducted that revealed that the minor regularly went to an indoor pool in Torrijos, Public Health inspectors went to the pool to make an exhaustive study and take samples, which were sent to Majadahonda , where the same amoeba was isolated, known as "comecerebros".
From that moment, the General Directorate of Public Health of Castilla-La Mancha was put in contact with the City of Torrijos, who voluntarily agreed to close the pool of municipal ownership to undertake its cleaning and disinfection.
These tasks, which have also included the change of filters and the filling of the pool with new water, have already been completed and, once the chlorine has evaporated, samples have been sent back to the National Microbiology Center to confirm whether the water is free. of the parasite.
According to Tordera, the samples were sent about ten days ago, so it is expected that next week they can already know the results and proceed to the opening or not of this aquatic facility, which should have opened its doors to the public last 1 October.