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Experts: Katrina is a possible cause of deadly amoeba

President George W. Bush flies over the hurricane ravaged neighborhoods of New Orleans, La., in Marine One, Monday, Sept. 12, 2005. (Source: White House/Paul Morse) President George W. Bush flies over the hurricane ravaged neighborhoods of New Orleans, La., in Marine One, Monday, Sept. 12, 2005. (Source: White House/Paul Morse)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

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

A boy was infectedwith the parasite in St. Bernard Parish last month while playing on a waterslide and he later died.

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

Healthofficials said the water is safe to drink in the area but caution againstgetting it in the nose.

The watersystem is now being flushed with chlorine.

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