Drinking clean water is essential to good health – both short term and long term. Water containing pathogens like protozoan parasites, viruses and bacteria can cause health problems. E. coli and fecal coliform are bacteria whose presence is an indication that the water may be contaminated with animal or human waste. The microbes in these pathogens can cause short term health effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, cramps and other symptom. Young children and those with severely compromised immune systems pose a special health risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 900,000 people get sick and 900 die every year in the United States due to waterborne microbial infections.
Giardia lamblia is a protozoan cyst that causes intestinal infection. It’s found in most bodies of water. Typically, symptoms are immediate and include severe diarrhea, greasy stools, bloating, abdominal cramps and fatigue. It’s resistant to chlorine and iodine but can be trapped by a water filter. Cryptosporidiosis is another protozoa that can cause the same gastro-intestinal maladies as giardia. But it typically includes headaches too. It’s carried by humans, birds, wild animals and livestock.
Viruses are the tiniest waterborne microorganisms that cause illness in humans. Common ones include norovirus, rotavirus and hepatitis A virus. The norovirus causes the stomach and intestines to inflame. Common symptoms include chills, muscle aches, vomiting, cramps and watery diarrhea. The rotavirus is especially dangerous for infants and children. It causes about 500,000 deaths every year in children under five. Fever, vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms. While the hepatitis A virus isn’t considered a concern in North America, it does pose a threat in parts of South America, Asia and Africa. This virus causes the liver to inflame and affect its functions. In severe cases, it can lead to death. Symptoms may include reduced appetite, fever, jaundice muscle aches, diarrhea and vomiting. How does the hepatitis A virus enter a water source? The answer is polluted storm water runoff, sewage overflows and sewage systems that are not working properly.
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