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Public meeting tonight on Desoto Parish brain-eating amoeba discovery

A public meeting regarding the brain-eating amoeba discovery in Desoto Parish will be held at 6 p.m. today

A public meeting regarding the brain-eating amoeba discovery in Desoto Parish will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Salem Baptist Church, 109 Church Road in Stonewall.* 

Sponsored by Desoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, who also is director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, along with local, parish and state officials, the meeting will provide the public with the opportunity to ask their local, elected, and state officials about their concerns with the recent discovery of the N. Fowleri amoeba in the Desoto Parish Water Works District I system.

Arbuckle, State Sen. Sherri Smith Buffington, and State Reps. Richard Burford and Kenny Cox coordinated this meeting with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of
Public  Health and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

The following officials and subject matter experts will be present and available to discuss: 

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle

Desoto Water Works District 1 administrator

Sen. Sherri Smith Buffington

Rep. Richard Burford

Rep. Kenny Cox

Dr. Jimmy Guidry, DHH, state health officer

Jake Causey, DHH chief engineer

Caryn Benjamin, DHH deputy chief engineer

Courtney Phillips, DHH deputy secretary

JT Lane, DHH assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health

Dr. Martha Whyte, Region 7 OPH

Director Kevin Davis, GOHSEP

Jenny Reynolds, GOHSEP, Region 7 coordinator

*Salem Baptist Church is located off Stonewall-Frierson Road near the intersection of Highway 171 in Stonewall.



 



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