In the most unfriendly country, all tourists were strictly warned: “don’t drink water” due to the invasion of cryptosporidia

Warning sign in a foreign country urging tourists not to drink water due to cryptosporidium contamination.

В самой недружественной стране всех туристов строго предупредили:

In the most unfriendly country, all tourists were strictly warned: “don’t drink water” because of the invasion of cryptosporidia. It happened in the British resort region of Devon — tourists were warned there: “Do not drink water” after dozens of people fell ill, and a parasite transmitted through water was found in their tests.

We are talking about cryptosporidia, a genus of protozoa, single-celled organisms that cause diseases of the human gastrointestinal tract. Cryptosporidia are obligate intracellular parasites that infect the digestive tract and respiratory tract of animals and humans. You can get infected with them when bathing or drinking raw water, so the water at the English resort was advised to boil just in case.

According to the British press, the UK Health Security Agency is investigating 16 cases of cryptosporidium in South Devon. According to South West Water (SWW), residents of Brixham, Buchay, Kingsware, Roseland and Northeast Paignton should boil tap water. At the same time, the agency assures that the water tests are clean, but the victims refute this.

Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, mild fever, and loss of appetite. This is what the injured locals and tourists complain about: “Nine days ago, I started having stomach cramps and sudden diarrhea, and since then it has been happening every day.” “At first I thought it was noravirus, but since it had been going on for so long, I had to go to the doctors. I sent a stool sample, and I found myself infected with cryptosporidium, which I had never heard of until I saw the message about the Bricksham Fish Town,” the tourists complain.


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