CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The whitewater channels at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in North Carolina are scheduled to reopen six weeks after a visitor died from a brain-eating amoeba.
Local news outlets report the center is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday. It shut down its whitewater rafting course on June 23 after 18-year-old Lauren Seitz of Westerville, Ohio, died from an infection caused by the amoeba. Channels at the center were drained after the water tested positive for the brain-eating amoeba in June.
Mecklenburg County health officials have described a plan to monitor water at the center, which installed a new chlorination system to kill microbes. The county will watch the center weekly through August, but reduce visits in September and for the rest of the year.