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Burnout to eliminate amoeba in Shreveport water ends Monday

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Naegleria fowleri, also known as the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri, also known as the brain-eating amoeba
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The City of Shreveport will wrap up a 45-day, system-wide "free chlorine burnout" on Monday intended to eliminate the presence of Naegleria fowleri.

The parasite is also known as the brain-eating amoeba.

While no issues with the parasite had been reported in the city's water system, the disinfection was done in response to an emergency order issued by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals after it was found in the DeSoto Waterworks District No. 1 system in October. Samples from that system has since tested negative for the amoeba.

The free chlorine burnout in the Shreveport water system began on January 6.

The city used free chlorine, instead of chloramines, which is chlorine combined with ammonia, as the disinfectant at the water treatment plant and storage tanks.

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