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.