County health officials began to investigate the child’s illness by closing all city public splash pads, according to the AP.
Health officials shared that employees at two local splash pads, Don Misenhimer Park and the Beacon Recreation Center, did not conduct the required water quality tests facilities need to do daily.
The CDC confirmed that city officials on Friday found the ameba in water samples from the Don Misenhimer Park splash pad, the AP reported.
“[A review] identified gaps in our daily inspection program,” Deputy City Manager Lemuel Randolph told the AP. “Those gaps resulted in us not meeting our maintenance standards at our splash pads.”
This comes as officials said that Arlington’s drinking water was not affected due to the splash pads being equipped with backflow prevention devices which are used to isolate water from the city’s water system.
The boy, not indentified by officials, died from the disease on Sept. 11, the AP noted.