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Rare Amoeba Found in DeSoto Parish Water System

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a rare amoeba that caused the August death of a child in south Louisiana has been found in five locations in a north Louisiana water system.

The state Department of Health and Hospitals said Tuesday the CDC confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri amoeba in five places in DeSoto Parish Waterworks District No. 1, which is one of 14 water systems in the parish.

State health officials say there are no known current cases of illness related to the discovery in DeSoto or elsewhere in Louisiana.

DHH began testing the DeSoto system as a precaution after St. Bernard Parish’s water system tested positive. DeSoto was the site of one of two 2011 amoeba-related deaths in Louisiana.

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