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Experts: Katrina is a possible cause of deadly amoeba

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Experts say Hurricane Katrina may be to blame for a rare brain-eating amoeba in Louisiana.

A boy was infected with the parasite in St. Bernard Parish last month while playing on a water slide and he later died.

State officials said the reduced population there following Katrina left most of the water stagnant, allowing organisms like the deadly amoeba to thrive.

Health officials said the water is safe to drink in the area but caution against getting it in the nose.

The water system is now being flushed with chlorine.

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