AUSTIN (KXAN) - Many people don't think twice about jumping into lakes and rivers, but with the hot summer months already here, officials say people need to be cautious.
Hamilton Pool is closed until Travis County Parks gets test results back from the water. After last week's rain, runoff from the ranch lands left a chance for increased bacteria and a lot of debris.
Even without the rain, heat can make the water a breeding ground for bacteria in lakes and rivers.
The Brazos River Authority said Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) is common during the summer, even though it's a very rare disease.
The amoeba is found in water warmer than 80 degrees and in stagnant or slow-moving water.
People get it from diving or jumping into water or from water skiing. According to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), in 2007, a 12-year-old boy died after getting PAM while at summer camp at Lake LBJ. A man, 22, also died that year after he his eardrum ruptured while wake boarding.
People can also get the illness when it goes through the nasal passage. It then travels through the spinal cord and destroys brain tissue.
There have been no known cases in Texas since 2010. The Brazos River Authority says it's so rare that there have only been a few hundred cases reported in the past 30 years worldwide.
Because of her position as Travis County District Attorney, the deputies who arrested, booked, and restrained Rosemary Lehmberg last April admit they were worried her threats were legitimate.
American Airlines has emerged from bankruptcy protection and US Airways culminated its long pursuit of a merger partner after the two completed their deal Monday to create the world's biggest airline.
Even though there were no reports of iced over bridges or roadways like last week, officials are urging people to use extra caution while driving.
A 55-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash just after midnight Monday morning near Lakeway.
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