St. John School Board declares state of emergency in wake of deadly amoeba

The St. John School Board has declared a state of emergency after deadly amoeba was found in the Parish's water supply.

The declaration allows the school system to bypass the public bid law and buy bottled water for students at six schools, according to our partners at Times Picayune.

School officials estimate that a two month supply of bottled water will cost more than $17,000.

In the hallways of some schools, bags, tape and signs prohibit students from using school water fountains.

State health officials say the amoeba is only dangerous if it gets into one's nasal cavity and reaches the brain.

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