The amoeba can be destroyed and prevented from coming back in the water as long as it's well-chlorinated. In the Louisiana case, investigators found the water supply didn't contain enough chlorine. (Via The Consumerist)
Although the water is safe to drink, the risk of contracting the infection is greatly increased if it finds its way to the roof of a person's nose. (Via The Times-Picayune)
The CDC recommends people avoid swimming in fresh water when the temperature is high and water levels are low, and hold their noses shut or wear nose clips while swimming.
City officials say they began flushing the parish’s water lines with chlorine last week and will continue until levels reach the recommended point.
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