Presence of brain-eating amoeba found in La. parish's water system

August 28, 2014 12:55 PM

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Presence of brain-eating amoeba found in La. parish's water system

LAPLACE, La. -- St. John the Baptist Parish officials are carefully monitoring the parish's water system after test results confirm the presence of Naegleria fowleri, which is a deadly amoeba that can infect the brain.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, or DHH, issued an emergency order late Wednesday requiring the parish to perform a chlorine burn throughout its water system to kill the amoeba.

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