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Deadly, brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water system

Killer Amoeba Found in Louisiana Water System

More than 12, 500 people in "Saint John the Baptist" parish are at risk: A brain-eating amoeba was detected in the water system there. People in Reserve, Garyville and Mount Airy are advised to take precaution.

A water sample taken two weeks ago by the department of health and hospitals tested positive for the potentially deadly bacteria.

They also found the parish drinking water was not in compliance with state-mandated disinfectant levels.

This is the same kind of amoeba found in both Saint Bernard and Desoto parishes that's blamed for two deaths.

However, health officials says the bacteria is only harmful if ingested through the nose.

Local residents said, "You need water. We boil it first before you use it." Health officials stated, "We're taking every step necessary to relieve St. John Water District number one of that threat.

Children stated, "They need to clean this cause i need to take a clean bath. And we are dirty."

A chlorine burn through the water system will start first thing today followed by a 60 day wait to see if the brain eating ameba has been flushed out.

Natalie Robottom, the St. John Parish president states, "The problem is making sure you keep precautions to keep the water from going up your nose."

Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University says, "The amoeba finds itself way back of our noses and then can work its way into our central nervous system around our brains and once it's there, it just causes destruction."

The virus breeds and lives in warm standing bodies of water -- once you've contracted it you may experience severe headache, nausea and vomiting -- and in most cases death. Officials say the chlorine burn will last 60 days.

Brain-eating amoeba

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brewmurgy August 28 2014 at 11:41 AM

That brain-eating amoeba will starve to death in Louisiana.

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hgmechanic August 28 2014 at 11:32 AM

now we know what is wrong with duck dynasty bunch

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ecj100 August 28 2014 at 12:08 PM

Whoever wrote/edited this needs some serious biology lessons. The organism causing this problem is referred to as an amoeba, a bacteria, and a virus. These are three totally different forms of life (and the virus barely life. These are solely amoebas.

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BoniLu August 28 2014 at 12:04 PM

tHIS IS not FUNNY!! tHIS COULD HAPPEN AND MAY HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED ANYWHERE DUE TO HURRICANES AND FLOODING (ALLOWING CERTAIN BACTERIA )TO SEEP INTO OUR WATER SYSTEMS! Just think how you would feel if you had this worry and cencern of this deadly bacteria threatening your children and yourselves. Some of you actually have the nerve to question other people's intelligence, while you make stupid and insensitive comments!

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yuni August 28 2014 at 11:43 AM

See and you all thought they acted that way because they were rednecks.

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timeclockpolicy August 28 2014 at 11:32 AM

Scientist calmed all the republisucms down by saying "it only attacks those with a brain." All the folks who see a fictional dead guy on toast went "whewwwwwwwwwwww."

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golffrdlrs August 28 2014 at 1:02 PM

Ok religious people. Please make up your mind. Does god control all sorts of things, answer prayers etc. every day in the lives of millions or does he not? If god was the way you describe him he would just (easily) kill the amoeba instead of letting thousands of men, women and children run the risk of having their brains eaten.

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Master August 28 2014 at 11:40 AM

This bacteria came Kalifornia but had to relocate because the low food supply

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furlogthegiant August 28 2014 at 11:45 AM

it's always been here

explains a lot

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pololo747 August 28 2014 at 1:23 PM

An amoeba is not a bacterium. It is a protist. Idiots!

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