The state Department of Health and Hospitals says water samples taken earlier this month across Desoto Parish Waterworks District-One have all tested negative for a rare amoeba.

DHH says that means the chlorine burn is working and the increased chlorine levels in the system are controlling the brain-eating Naegleria fowleri amoeba.

DHH plans to conduct additional water sampling and testing in Desoto Parish later this year as temperatures get warmer to make sure the amoeba has not returned.  In the meantime, DHH reminds anybody who's going to be using a Neti pot for your sinuses to use either commercially distilled water or tap water that's been boiled and then cooled.  Do not use water straight out of the tap.