(N. fowleri) is not something discussed at many dinner tables.
But it should be.
N. fowleri is known more commonly by the suggestive “brain-eating amoeba,” says the Centers for Disease Control, which notes that it can only be contracted through the nose, typically when diving or submersing in water.
And about 97 percent of the people who are infected with this amoeba die from it.
It’s been found in three locations in Grand Teton National Park: Huckleberry Hot Springs, Polecat Springs, and Kelly Warm Spring. Also found was Escherichia coli (E. coli), which is not as deadly, but plenty yucky.