Whitewater center begins refilling man-made channels


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. National Whitewater Center has begun refilling its raft and kayak channels, weeks after an Ohio teenager died after she visited the center and came into contact with an amoeba.

A statement from officials in Mecklenburg County says public health workers were monitoring the refilling on Friday. The water comes primarily from the city of Charlotte system.

Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Dr. Marcus Plescia said the center drained the water from its rapids into a downstream pond to be treated, and dug up the sediment at the bottom of the waterway where the amoeba lives.

The center closed its whitewater rafting course after 18-year-old Lauren Seitz of Westerville, Ohio, died in June from an infection caused by an amoeba naturally present in warm fresh water.

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