Brain Eating Amoeba Found in Louisiana Water System

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State health officials in Louisiana confirmed on Wednesday that a kιller amoeba was found in the state’s water system. Specifically, the amoeba was found in the water systems of St. John the Baptist Parish.

According to the Department of Health and Hospitals, the Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found  in the St. John Water District 1 water system.

“Families can take simple steps to protect themselves from exposure to this amoeba, the most important being to avoid allowing water to go up your nose while bathing or swimming in a pool,” state health officer Jimmy Guidry said, according to the Times Picayune. “It is important to remember that the water is safe to drink; the amoeba cannot infect an individual through the stomach.”

Even with that warning, at least one Louisiana school has ordered water fountains turned off.

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