Thursday, September 19 2013 1:21 PM EDT2013-09-19 17:21:29 GMT
Experts say Hurricane Katrina may be to blame for a rare brain-eating amoeba in Louisiana. A boy was infected with the parasite in St. Bernard Parish last month while playing on a water slide and he laterMore >
Experts say Hurricane Katrina may be to blame for a rare brain-eating amoeba in Louisiana. A St. Bernard Parish boy was infected with the organism and died. More >
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is trying to put to rest myths and rumors associated with the recent news of a brain-eating amoeba in the St. Bernard Parish water system.
DHH has released a "Myth vs. Fact" rundown of these myths about the amoeba, called "Naegleria fowleri," and drinking water in the state.
Officials said the chief myth is that water in the state isn't safe to drink. The CDC said the amoeba is killed by normal levels of stomach acid and the only concern is if water goes up a person's nose.
DHH recommended people in St. Bernard Parish take precautions to avoid getting water in their noses.