Brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana parish's water supply

LOUISIANA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Louisiana officials have started flushing the water system in St. John the Baptist Parish because of a potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba.

"I get a call from the city saying we found amoeba in the water. Don't get water up your nose. I just took a shower so I am like, oh my goodness," said Kevin Vancamp.

The system serves more than 12,500 people.

The flushing process will take two months.

In the meantime, local officials say the impact will be minimal.

"The water is safe to drink, bath, shower and cook. The concern is when the water goes deep into your nasal passage. This is something that affects the brain, so cuts on your body, taking a bath and ingesting it has no impact," said St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom.

So far officials say there are no known cases of illness related to the amoeba in the parish or anywhere in the state.