BATON ROUGE — A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been discovered in the St. Bernard Parish Water System at the site of a leaking sampling station that serves more than 44,000 people, state health officials said.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals notified the water system and parish officials Wednesday evening.

DHH said in a news release it had asked the water system to conduct a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining amoeba in the system are eliminated.

Parish President Dave Peralta told the state the system would conduct the burn out of an abundance of caution.

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