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Monroe plans chlorine burn against killer amoeba

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, October 29 2014 Oct 29, 2014 October 29, 2014 2:16 AM October 29, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

MONROE - The city of Monroe will be adding extra chlorine to its water next month as part of statewide precautions against an amoeba that has killed three people in Louisiana.

The free chlorine burn will start around Nov. 12 and last about 60 days.

It's a precaution against Naegleria fowleri. That's an amoeba that usually eats freshwater bacteria but can get into the brain and eat it if it gets high up in someone's nose.

The amoeba killed three people in 2011 and 2013 - one in DeSoto Parish and two in St. Bernard Parish.

Monroe Public Works Director Tom Janway says the burn will be good for the system, removing biofilm in the water lines.

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