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Swedish city traces source of water parasite

Swedish city traces source of water parasite

Published: 02 Dec 2010 15:04 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Dec 2010 15:04 GMT+01:00

The municipality hopes that the tests have found the source of the contamination, according to a statement on Thursday.

Östersund municipality is now considering how the area can be sealed off so that the parasite does not continue to reach the water treatment plant, it was revealed at the press conference.

Those responsible at the municipality would not reveal if the area was found in water or on land.

The details of the tests were passed on to police and prosecutors this morning.

Nearly one in ten residents of Östersund has now been hit by a stomach bug caused by the parasite in the municipal water supply.

By midnight on Wednesday, approximately 6500 people had notified a hotline on the municipality's website that they have or have had stomach problems in recent days.

"There are quite a few, it's almost one in ten people living in the municipality. The figure given yesterday was 5700," said Jorgen Vikström at the municipality.

Two operating rooms at Östersund Hospital are today closed due to the rampaging stomache flu.

The infection has hit hospital staff - with almost 200 workers at home from work on Thursday, according to Sveriges Television (SVT). Hospital management expects an increasing number of sick staff over the next few days.

The hospital has 3000 liters of clean water driven in every day in order to secure water supplies.

The results of tests on samples of water taken from a municipal wastewater treatment plant are expected to be delivered on Thursday. It is hoped that the tests will provide confirmation on whether the plant is the source of the parasite infection.

The first tests of water samples taken from the plant showed no traces of the parasite, but it was later discovered that mistakes were made when the samples were collected and it had to be repeated.

The analysis of water samples carried out by the Swedish Institute of Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet - SMI).

In addition to water samples from the treatment plant Östersund municipality's environmental office has in recent days collected a large number of samples in the plant's vicinity as well as samples of effluents from streams and storm sewers in the Storsjön lake.

"Information on the new test be given at a press conference, probably in the afternoon," said Jorgen Vikström.

"However, I do not know if there will be any information on what the results show. I do not know if the answers will be ready by then. There is a lot of pressure on the institute at the moment due to the Östersund tests," he said.

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Your comments about this article

05:51 December 3, 2010 by Barnflicka90
this is awful!!!
06:06 December 3, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
Dead rats, squirrels, birds or maybe a moose stuck somewhere in the pipes?
08:23 December 3, 2010 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
Hate to be a downer, but it's way too late for trying to contain anything.

You already have people sick. To put it politely, that means they will be using the toilet....a LOT. The feces will contain the oocytes that can infect others and once flushed will end up back in the water system. Crypto lives through standard water processing, as well evidenced freezing will not kill the oocytes. Boiling your water (even for your ice cubes) is the only way, unless the plants are equipped for ozonation of the water, which they aren't....it is an expensive process and takes a while to set up. Milwaukee didn't put theirs in until way after their own deadly outbreak of the stuff, and are one of the few plants in the US that does it. I'm pretty sure Ö-sund isn't anywhere near equipped for that yet.

People, please boil all your water. This will be your only chance to keep from being infected, and you'll probably need to do this for several weeks, maybe even a month or so until the crypto runs it's course at this point....if you have small children, or are elderly make SURE to do this....crypto can be fatal. I am immuno-suppressed and since acquiring that condition have always been warned about the disease as it can be fatal in people like myself...cryto reproduces rapidly and in those with weak or underdeveloped immune systems (elderly, children, immunodeficient individuals) the parasite reproduces faster than your body can attack it so it is "incurable" and leads to death in those cases.

Take care of yourselves during this time, remember...taking precautions and boiling your water is the smart thing to do.
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