|Naegleria fowleri amoeba|
Just when you thought it safe to travel back on down to the Big Easy, officials have discovered a brain eating amoeba in the water supply.
Test results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found in four locations of the St. Bernard Parish water system, the state Department of Health and Hospitals announced Thursday. Ground zero is St. Bernard Parish, a suburb of New Orleans, after the state linked the amoeba to the encephalitis death of the child, a 4-year-old boy from Mississippi who was visiting a home in the parish.
Boil your water and avoid getting any in your nose, warned one health official. Apparently that’s how this monster makes inside the body where it can find easy transport to the brain. Officials caution that this brain dissolving organism can now be found ‘all over’.