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DHH clears rumors about amoeba, drinking water

3 years 8 months 1 day ago September 19, 2013 Sep 19, 2013 Thursday, September 19 2013 September 19, 2013 2:23 PM in Health
Source: DHH
By: Brian Waldrep

BATON ROUGE- The Department of Health and Hospitals is trying put to rest myths and rumors associated with the recent news of a brain-eating amoeba in the St. Bernard Parish water system.

DHH has released a "Myth vs. Fact" rundown of these myths about the amoeba, called "Naegleria fowleri", and drinking water in the state.

They said the chief myth is that water in the state isn't safe to drink. The CDC says the amoeba is killed by normal levels of stomach acid, and the only concern is if water goes up a person's nose. DHH recommended people in St. Bernard Parish take precautions to avoid getting water in their noses.

You can get more information about the amoeba by visiting the CDC's website, and find the DHH "Myth vs. Fact" list on their website. You can also find more information on their "Water Facts" webpage.

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