Brain-eating amoeba: Know the facts

Brain-eating amoeba: Know the facts

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - On October 10, the Louisiana Department of Health reported a Bossier City water system site tested positive for bacteria known as the “brain-eating amoeba.”

Since then, the city has administered a chlorine burn to combat the amoeba.

KSLA News 12 has received several questions about the water whether it’s safe to use and drink.

Doug Warner sat down with Dr. Martha Whyte with the Louisiana Department of Health to separate myth from fact when it comes to Bossier City’s water.

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Officials say the tap water is safe to drink, but recommend taking the following precautions:

  • DO NOT allow water to go  up your nose or sniff water into your nose when bathing, showering,  washing your face or swimming in small hard plastic/blow-up pools.
  • DO NOT jump into or put  your head under bathing water (bathtubs, small hard plastic/blow-up  pools). Instead, walk or lower yourself in.
  • DO NOT allow children to  play unsupervised with hoses or sprinklers. They might accidentally squirt  water up their nose. Avoid slip-n-slides or other activities where it is  difficult to prevent water from going up the nose.
  • DO run bath and shower  taps and hoses for 5 minutes before use to flush out the pipes. This is  most important the first time you use the tap after the water utility  raises the disinfectant level.
  • DO keep small hard  plastic/blow-up pools clean by emptying, scrubbing and drying them after  each use.
  • DO use only boiled and  cooled, distilled or sterile water for making sinus rinse solutions for neti pots.
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Posted by KSLA News 12 on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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