Cryptosporidium Bacteria Detected in Mayo Water Supply

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A Boil Water Notice has been issued, effective Friday, September 2nd, affecting a large area of County Mayo according to the Mayo News. It was detected after sampling found the presence of the Cryptosporidium parasite in the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply Scheme.

Cryptosporidium is a parasite or living thing (organism) that lives in, or on, another organism. It can infect the bowels (intestines) and cause cryptosporidiosis. This is a form of bowel infection called gastroenteritis, which leads to diarrhoea and vomiting. It can infect children more than adults and is often caused by farm animal slurry entering a drinking water supply. A quality home water filtration system is an effective way to safeguard home water drinking supplies from parasites like Cryptosporidium.

It is estimated that 46,500 people in Mayo are affected by this notice, in locations across Ballinrobe, Castlebar, Claremorris, Westport and several other areas in the county…Read More

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