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(WMC-TV) - One Arkansas department claims they may have found the location of the parasite.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, Willow Springs Park is the "most likely source of infection" for the parasitic meningitis. Records show another case may have occurred at Willow Springs Park in 2010.

ADH has asked the owner of Willow Springs to voluntarily close the water park to ensure the health and safety of the public. The ADH will work to determine if Willow Springs Park was indeed the location of PAM.

The general managers of Willow Springs released the following statement:

"We, David and Lou Ann Ratliff, as general management of Willow Springs Water Park, have received new information regarding Naegleria fowleri, and have elected to close the park as of July 25 at the request of the Arkansas Department of Health. We will be taking this time to determine the feasibility of installing a solid bottom to the lake. We will not ever reopen as a sand bottom lake. We covet your prayers and our Willow Springs family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers."

The organism typically infects people by entering the body through the nose as they are swimming and diving. Individuals cannot be infected with Naegleria by swimming in properly cleaned, maintained and disinfected swimming pools.

Some additional precautions you can take while swimming during extremely warm periods include:

* Keeping your head out of the water

* Using nose clips or hold the nose shut

* Avoiding stirring up dirt or sand at the bottom of shallow freshwater areas

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