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Arkansas water park possibly linked to infection closes

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Health says a Little Rock water park closed after officials said the facility was likely the source of a rare and potentially deadly brain infection.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Dirk Haselow said Friday that the owners of Willow Springs Water Park voluntarily decided to close the park after meeting with health officials.

Health officials recently confirmed a rare form of meningitis called primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, in Arkansas. That condition is caused by an organism commonly found in warm freshwater that can travel up the nose and into the brain. 

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