Canterbury DHB Medical Officer of Well being, Dr Cheryl Brunton, says whereas the danger to individuals’s well being is believed to be low as a result of massive quantity of water within the reservoir, there may be potential for individuals to develop gastro diseases in the event that they drink water from the Akaroa reservoir with out first boiling it.
“Whereas chlorine will kill micro organism within the water provide, the possum and chicken carcasses could have launched different contaminants (protozoa) which aren’t killed by chlorine – they’re, nevertheless, killed by boiling your water,” Dr Brunton stated.
Protozoa are single cell organisms also referred to as parasites which embrace cryptosporidium and giardia.
Signs of cryptosporidiosis or giardiasis are comparable and may embrace diarrhoea, abdomen ache, cramps, nausea, vomiting, complications and a excessive fever.
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“Each cryptosporidium and giardia particularly, could cause gastro signs which will persist for weeks, slightly than days, and medical recommendation needs to be sought. Whereas there’s no particular therapy for cryptosporidiosis, there may be for giardia.
“Signs of each diseases normally seem 2-10 days after changing into contaminated, nevertheless with giardiasis signs can seem as much as 25 days after being contaminated.
“With any gastro diseases that trigger vomiting and diarrhoea, it’s necessary for individuals to maintain their fluids up, be meticulous about handwashing and drying, and keep away from getting ready meals for others when you have signs. Individuals with extra extreme signs together with fever, or who’re discovering it tough to maintain fluids down ought to search medical recommendation. That is particularly necessary for infants and younger kids and the aged.
“The straightforward message is: In case you dwell in Akaroa, don’t drink the faucet water – boil all water earlier than utilizing it for cooking, cleansing your tooth or for consuming. Or use clear, secure water from one of many tankers trucking water in from Christchurch, or use bottled water.
As of immediately, Sunday 14 February, there have been no notifications reported to Group & Public Well being of sickness as a result of water in Akaroa.
Additional info on cryptosporidium is offered right here: https://www.healthinfo.org.nz/ search ‘cryptosporidium’ and detailed info on giardiasis is offered right here: https://www.cph.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/Giardiasis.pdf