NEW ORLEANS (September 20, 2013)--As officials try to track down the source of a deadly amoeba discovered in the water supply of a suburban New Orleans community, bottled water sales in St. Bernard Parish have skyrocketed and some people are worried about washing their faces in the shower.
Experts, however, say the amoeba only poses a danger to people who manage to get the microscopic organism way up their noses.
Dr. Raoult Ratard, Louisiana's state epidemiologist, said its only entry to the brain is through minute openings in a bone about level with the top of the eyeball.
State health officials tried to dispel common "myths and rumors" about the amoeba Naegleria fowleri and to debunk the notion that the parish water isn't safe to drink, but not everyone is swayed by the effort.
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