PAM is a disease caused by the Naegleria fowleri
ameoba. It is a naturally occurring organism found in warm freshwater bodies of water. The ameoba must be inhaled through the nose to be dangerous. To minimize the risk of contracting the ameoba, avoid swimming or splashing in shallow, stagnant areas of water when water temperatures are warm. To obtain more information about Naegleria fowleri
and PAM in Texas, please review this information
provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.