Tests reveal deadly amoeba in St. John the Baptist Parish water system

Steps taken to raise chlorine levels after amoeba found in water: 5 p.m.

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Testing in St. John the Baptist Parish has confirmed the presence of a deadly amoeba in one of its water systems.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) reported Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba, turned up in St. John Water District 1, which serves more than 12,000 people in Reserve, Garyville and Mt. Airy.

Officials said there are currently no known cases of illness related to the amoeba in the parish or elsewhere in the state.

The water system was sampled as part of DHH's surveillance program that launched earlier this month.

During the testing, DHH discovered the system was not in compliance with the state's emergency rule requiring water systems to maintain a minimum chlorine level.

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