Posted: Oct 8, 2013 10:33 PM by Trey Schmaltz
MANSFIELD- Brain-eating amoeba has been found in five locations of DeSoto Parish Waterworks District No. 1.
Wednesday, the system will flush lines with additional chlorine to kill the amoeba. There are no known current cases of illness related to the discover state health leaders said Tuesday night.
The Department of Health and Hospitals said in an emailed news release, the CDC confirmed the amoeba after collecting samples from the water system. The system was selected since it was one of two systems were people died from the amoeba in 2011. Tests began again after a death in September in St. Bernard Parish.
"We are working closely with the water system and parish officials to ensure that the chlorine levels are increased to a level that will eliminate the risk of exposure to the amoeba," said DHH Office of Public Health Assistant Secretary J.T. Lane.
"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," said Louisiana State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry. "It is important to remember that the water is safe to drink; the amoeba cannot infect an individual through the stomach."
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