This flyer is dedicated to my son Philip, and all those who have died from Naegleria fowleri meningitis. More deadly than lightning, amoebic meningitis is 99.9% lethal, is hard to diagnose, and kills within days, even with aggressive treatment. But it is easily preventable!
We who have lost children believe that one more is too many. We have each committed with the Centers for Disease Control Waterborne Disease Branch to promoting awareness of this disease so that other parents will not have to join us on this road. Philip loved Nature & the outdoors! Enjoy summers with sense!
Keep amoebic meningitis rare. Please download and share this information as Phil’s Amoeba Awareness PDF Flyer. The Centers for Disease Control has an excellent CDC Print-and-Go Fact Sheet PDF. And please donate online to USF Health Philip T. Gompf Memorial Fund # 250155. Your tax-deductible donation to this non-profit fund supports public service announcements & educational efforts about infectious diseases in the Florida community, educational institutions, and this website.
1. Enjoy salt and chlorinated water activities in hot weather, when water is likely to be over 80 degrees F.
2. Keep head above water, or use nose clips, if you can’t avoid warm fresh water.
3. Use previously boiled water, or buy distilled water for your neti pot or nasal wash.
4. Teach kids not to suck water up the nose in the tub or fresh water.
5. Ask public officials to post lake temperatures in summer. Find regional temperatures at http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/wqwatch/
6. Keep your water heater temperature @ 120 degrees Fahrenheit (low enough to prevent accidental scalding).
7. Check pool & spa water chemistry regularly.
1. Don’t put head underwater in ANY fresh water over 80 degrees Fahrenheit that does not smell chlorinated. This includes:
Lakes, running rivers or streams, ponds, wells, hot springs, warm mineral springs or geothermal pools, even bathtubs, slip-n-slides, water slides, or baby pools.
2. Don’t put head underwater in hot tubs, spas, or pools that are under-chlorinated and warm, such as baby pools.
3. Don’t get tap or hose water forced up the nose, such drinking or splashing the face with an outdoor hose, a slip-&-slide, or water slides. Pipes & hoses can be colonized with amoebae.
4. Never use a neti pot or nasal or sinus wash with unboiled tap water.
Also visit the Kyle Lewis Amoeba Awareness Foundation, Swim Above Water, William Sellers Amoeba Awareness, Courtney Nash Amoeba Awareness, & Centers for Disease Control-Naegleria fowleri for more information.