Many St. Bernard schools shut off water fountains

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — The superintendent of St. Bernard Parish public schools says she has shut down drinking fountains in elementary and middle schools because a rare brain-damaging amoeba has been found in parish water.

Doris Voitier tells The Times-Picayune ( ) says she knows the water is safe to drink, but is worried that younger children might get it up their noses.

Her decision Friday came one day after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the amoeba was found at four spots in the parish water system. Earlier, the CDC confirmed that a Mississippi boy died in August from a brain infection he likely contracted playing on a Slip 'n Slide while visiting in St. Bernard in July.

Voitier says the school system is providing other water to children.

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