Mecklenberg County health officials announced this week that recent test results by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials show the presence of the amoeba, Naegleria fowleri that caused the recent death in a teenager from Ohio.


In an announcement Friday by The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC), after discussions with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health officials, they have decided to temporarily suspend all whitewater activities effective immediately. This decision was made by the Whitewater Center after initial test results found Naegleria Fowleri DNA was present in the whitewater system.

The USNWC is working with the CDC and local health officials to develop next steps. Only whitewater activities are suspended. The USNWC remains open for all other operations and activities.

In consultation with CDC and State Health Director Dr. Randall Williams, Mecklenburg County Health Department support’s the National Whitewater Center’s decision to temporarily suspend its rafting operations pending further evaluation.