Brain-eating amoeba in Neti Pots kills 2 in Louisiana

December 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Louisiana public health officials say two people have died after using Neti Pots.

The popular tea pot looking kettle is used to irrigate your sinuses when you pour water into one nostril and it drains out of the other. But health officials say two people died after using water contaminated with brain-eating amoebas. The amoebas can make their way up nasal passages and disintegrate tissue.

Health officials recommend Neti Pot users sterilize water by distilling it, or boiling and cooling water.