NEW ORLEANS -- Dr. Fred Lopez of LSU Health Sciences Center joins the Eyewitness News set to discuss how you can protect your family from the brain-eating amoeba found in the St. Bernard water system. You can watch that video above.
The state offered the following health recommendations:
- DO NOT allow water to go up your nose or sniff water into your nose when bathing, showering, washing your face, or swimming in small hard plastic/blow-up pools.
- DO NOT jump into or put your head under bathing water (bathtubs, small hard plastic/blow-up pools) - walk or lower yourself in.
- DO NOT allow children to play unsupervised with hoses or sprinklers, as they may accidentally squirt water up their nose. Avoid slip-n-slides or other activities where it is difficult to prevent water going up the nose.
- DO run bath and shower taps and hoses for 5 minutes before use to flush out the pipes. This is most important the first time you use the tap after the water utility raises the disinfectant level.
- DO keep small hard plastic/blow-up pools clean by emptying, scrubbing, and allowing them to dry after each use.
- DO use only boiled and cooled, distilled, or sterile water for making sinus rinse solutions for neti pots or performing ritual ablutions.
- DO place the hose directly into the skimmer box and ensure that the filter is running.
- DO NOT top off by placing the hose in the body of the pool.
- DO keep your swimming pool adequately disinfected before and during use. Adequate disinfection means:
- Pools: free chlorine at 1-3 parts per million (ppm) and pH 7.2-7.8; Hot tubs/spas: free chlorine 2-4 parts per million (ppm) or free bromine 4-6 ppm and pH 7.2-7.8; If you need to top off the water in your swimming pool with tap water,
Residents should continue these precautions until extensive testing no longer detects the amoeba in the water system. Residents will be made aware when that occurs.
For information on preventative measures, click here.