Brain-eating amoeba detected in La. water system

CBS/AP – June 29, 2017

The state has tested for the amoeba, which occurs naturally in freshwater, since 2015. The department samples public drinking water systems each summer when temperatures rise, and has collected 540 samples since 2013, the department said in a news release.

The amoeba was found in a sample taken from a fire hydrant at the same location that tested positive for the amoeba two years ago, CBS affiliate WWL reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says residents who use the water system should not let water go up the nose when bathing or swimming in small pools. In addition, people should not put their heads under bath water or allow children to play unsupervised with hoses or sprinklers.

Residents should run bath and shower taps and hoses for five minutes before use to flush out the pipes, especially the first time after the water utility raises the disinfectant level.