(NBC News) A deadly brain amoeba that's killed two boys this year has been found in a U.S. drinking water supply system for the first time, officials said Monday -- in a New Orleans-area system.
The Naegleria fowleri parasite killed a 4-year-old Mississippi boy who likely got it playing on a back yard Slip 'N Slide, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say. Tests show it's present throughout the water supply system in St. Bernard Parish, directly southeast of New Orleans.
"We have never seen Naegleria colonizing a treated water supply before," said Dr. Michael Beach, head of water safety for the CDC. "From a U.S. perspective this is a unique situation."
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