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Dept. of Health issues 'Myth vs. Fact' about brain-eating amoeba

Source: Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Source: Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is trying to put to rest myths and rumors associated with the recent news of a brain-eating amoeba in the St. Bernard Parish water system.

DHH has released a "Myth vs. Fact" rundown of these myths about the amoeba, called "Naegleria fowleri," and drinking water in the state.

Officials said the chief myth is that water in the state isn't safe to drink. The CDC said the amoeba is killed by normal levels of stomach acid and the only concern is if water goes up a person's nose.

DHH recommended people in St. Bernard Parish take precautions to avoid getting water in their noses.

Click here for the DHH "Myth vs. Fact" list

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