The water system in Reserve, Garyville and Mount Airy has tested positive for a potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba, the state Department of Health and Hospitals said Wednesday. Officials say the Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found in samples taken from St. John the Baptist Parish's Water District No. 1, which serves 12,577 people in those east bank communities.
There are no known cases of illness from the amoeba. But officials warned residents to take precautions against getting water in their nasal passages, which is how the amoeba can move to the brain.
"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," 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."
originally posted by: JimNasium
a reply to: AllSourceIntel
Greetings- I think You'd find that the Portland water debacle was brought on by video taped evidence of some 'tool' (pun intended) peeing in the drink. This led to the Oregon city to pump out the water...
Maybe this is why 'many' municipalities provide their citizens fluoride for their tap? This 'could' act as a cleansing agent along with ALL the other great things that fluoride provides...
Shirley- I'm jesting..
Water District No. 1 was sampled as part of the state's surveillance program and was found to be out of compliance for maintaining minimum disinfectant levels set to control the Naegleria fowleri amoeba.
In March, St. John's west bank water system was among 73 cited by the state for being out of compliance with the emergency order that its drinking water contain the increased level of chlorination. At that time, the parish performed a chlorine burn on that system.
originally posted by: research100
a reply to: rickymouse
what about people who use nettie pots and those squirt bottles up their noses to clear out allergins and mucus.....makes you stop and think....doesn't it??