Channels at Charlotte whitewater center reopen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) " The whitewater channels at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in North Carolina have reopened six weeks after a visitor died from a brain-eating amoeba.

The center reopened Wednesday morning after weeks of cleaning and testing.

It closed its whitewater rafting course 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.

Mecklenburg County health officials have 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, and reduce visits in September for the rest of the year.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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