St. Bernard continues testing for 'brain-eating amoeba'

St. Bernard continues testing for 'brain-eating amoeba'

ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The state health department plans to do more testing at three locations in St. Bernard Parish after finding "brain-eating amoeba" in water samples.

Crews will continue to collect samples on Friday. Officials say results could take 24-days. The parish implemented a 60-day chlorine burn to make sure the rest of the system is amoeba-free.

St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta says he believes samples where the amoeba turned up may have been compromised. He says the pipe was cracked in a recent accident.

"What we believe we have had happen is there's been an infiltration of the water that was pulled around the sampling station," said Peralta.

The Jarrows live just across Angela Street from a water sampling station that came up positive for the organism Naegleria fowleri, and the state health department is advising parents not to let their kids play in untreated pools.

"I'm probably going to cancel my child's swim party because of it," said Arabi parent Victor Pastor.

The health department says the water is safe to drink, but you should not get it up your nose. They're advising parents against letting kids play in untreated pools.

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