Brain-eating amoeba detected in town's water supply
health officials Gary hill John the Baptist Saint John DeSoto Saint Bernard water system
Officials in a Louisiana parish say a brain eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, has been detected in their water supply and are warning residents to take precautions ahead of the holiday weekend.
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00:03 Why are getting ready for work in the morning parish
00:05 officials here will start to sixty daylong chlorine burn in Saint
00:08 John water district want. To combat deadly brain eating amoeba. It's
00:13 also wreaked Havoc in Saint Bernard and DeSoto parishes in recent
00:16 years. He took precautions especially going into a holiday week again.
00:21 Tonight seeing John the Baptist parish president Natalie robot and held
00:24 a news conference confirming that testing for two weeks ago. Came
00:28 back positive today from the Louisiana department of health and hospitals.
00:32 The pair said it immediately increase the levels of chlorine starting
00:36 at ten days ago and now another chlorine burn -- happen
00:39 tomorrow. Followed more monitoring and flushing the water line. The --
00:44 says it tested water system daily. But why chlorine levels drop
00:48 below state required levels. Is now under investigation. Clearly -- it
00:53 -- It's actually happening in this case the protocol I'll leave.
00:58 Revisiting any changes are necessary to take care act according to
01:02 the paerson state health officials. The water is safe to drink
01:05 and no one has gotten sick from the -- so far.
01:09 However the holiday weekend fast approaching residents are being asked to
01:12 use caution. If they -- to drink eat and used to
01:16 cook but the problem and it. Keep making sure you keep
01:20 the car to keep the water from going up you know.
01:23 Not understanding that the holiday weekend and people we will be
01:27 out -- our swimming ends up and -- those are all
01:30 areas that you want repeatedly cautioned. The -- water system serves
01:34 121577. People in the towns of reserve Gary hill and mount
01:39 eerie. The text from a friend as how reserve president Barbara
01:42 trick heard about tonight's water scared out of -- -- --
01:48 -- -- We come -- he's our precautions as the waters.