(from St. Bernard Parish) – St. Bernard Parish Government has set up a recorded message which provides information on precautionary measures suggested by the Center for Disease Control. Residents can contact 504-278-4251 to hear personal actions that will help reduce the risk of Naegleria fowleri (Amoeba) infection.
Some common sense suggestions from the CDC include:
- 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 keep your swimming pool adequately disinfected before and during use. Adequate disinfection means:
o Pools: free chlorine at 1-3 parts per million (ppm) and pH 7.2-7.8
o Hot tubs/spas: free chlorine 2-4 parts per mill (ppm) or free bromine 4-6 ppm & pH 7.2-7.8
- If you need to top off the water in your swimming pool with tap water,
- 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.
Residents can also visit the CDC’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/prevention.html or pick up information at the government complex or the Water and Sewer office.