Brain-Eating Amoeba Found In Louisiana Drinking Water
A rare brain-eating amoeba has been found in Louisiana drinking water again for the 3rd time in 3 years!
On June 10th, the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Waterworks district identified that the amoeba was present in the public drinking water of Pointe-aux-Chenes, Louisiana.
The amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, has been found in the drinking water in Terrebonne Parish every year since 2015 according to CBS News!
Officials from the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Waterworks district released this statement:
After consultation with Louisiana Department of Health engineers, we have changed our disinfection procedure from chloramine to free chlorine
The health scare has local residents afraid to drink the water and take showers. Also, local residents are staying away from swimming pools and lakes as the amoeba runs wild in their water sources.
Even though the amoeba is more common in southern states where the warm fresh water sources are perfect for its growth, we've even seen cases as far North as Minnesota in the recent years.