Deadly amoeba found in south Bossier water system

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Tests of a south Bossier water system have revealed a deadly organism.

Louisiana Department of Health tests of the Sligo Water System returned positive for a brain-eating amoeba.

The test found that naegleria fowleri was present in an area from Hwy. 70 to Red Chute Bayou along Sligo Road. This affects residents and businesses stretching from 300 Sligo Road at Bayou Drive to the Orchard subdivision, Lucky Estates, Plantation mobile home park and the Sligo store, 1898 Sligo Road.

The positive test reportedly came from where the system takes in supplemental water from Bossier City. Sligo Water System stopped using Bossier City water and reconnected Sligo water to the entire system on Wednesday.

A 60-day chlorine burn of the system will take place to kill the amoeba. Following the burn, the system will be re-tested.

People cannot be infected with negleria fowleri by drinking water, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. The most common exposure is when the contaminated water enters the nose.

Naegleria fowleri causes an infection that lead to the destruction of brain tissue.