Ireland 'Potentially dangerous' parasite found in drinking water in Cork

17:07  09 november  2017
17:07  09 november  2017 Source:   msn.com

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Both recreational water ( water used for swimming and other activities) and drinking water can become contaminated with parasites and cause illness. Giardia intestinalis is also a common parasite found in drinking water .

Traces of a microscopic parasite has been discovered in the drinking water supply of several towns in the north Cork area. The EPA said the supply was classified as being “very high risk” for contamination with the potentially dangerous parasite , and has now called on Irish Water to

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A microscopic parasite which can cause cause respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses has been found in the water supply in north Cork.

Cryptosporidium, which can cause fever, stomach upset, weight loss and diarrhoea, was discovered in the water supply of Ballyhooly, a village in between Mallow and Fermoy, and also in Mitchelstown.

The bug can pose a serious threat to the elderly, infants and those with weak immune systems.

Irish Water found cryptosporidium in the Ballyhooly supply on August 9 but said it was not detected again in subsquent weekly tests.

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The bug was also found in the supply serving the northern part of Mitchelstown on August 9 and September 5, according to The Irish Examiner.

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HEAVY rain triggered a health alert after a dangerous parasite was found in drinking water supplies in the Borders. Residents in three villages east of Hawick have been warned to boil their water after high levels of cryptosporidium were found .

Following the discovery, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that no barrier had been installed to prevent cryptosporidium entering the water in Ballyhooly.

The EPA said there was a "very high risk" of the water at Ballyhooly being contaminated with the potentially dangerous parasite and and have called on Irish Water to install one promptly.

The supply at Mitchelstown is classified as at "moderate risk" for cryptosporidium.

In September, the EPA warned that 25 public water schemes in Ireland do not have adequate treatment systems to kill cryptosporidium.

They say 161,000 people could be at risk of illness from drinking contaminated water.

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