Cryptosporidium Strikes Again Via Drinking Water

Some of you will remember following the daily news reports from Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the summer of 1993.  Hundreds of thousands Milwaukee residents came down with a mysterious illness, the cause of which has not been identified.  It took almost two weeks for the authorities to nail down the cause: a microscopic organism in the water called Cryptosporidium.  This incident was the largest water contamination event ever to occur in the USA.  More than 400,000 people were affected.  Symptoms included stomach cramps, fever, diarrhea and dehydration.  Thousands were taken to area hospitals and  more than 100 deaths were attributed to the outbreaks – mostly the very young, the elderly and the immune depressed.

This incident was so well covered in the newspapers of the time, some of which are still accessible thanks to the Internet. 

Dr. Robert Morris in his book “The Blue Death” devoted a long chapter to Milwaukee’s summer of 93 and the struggle to identify the cause.  I recommend you read his book.  Once started its hard to put it down.

Today, there were reports of another “Crypto” outbreak in the Swedish town of Ostersund, where at least 2,000 people have fallen ill.  Authorities have started a criminal investigation.

From both these incidents it can be easy to see how a well prepared terrorist organization could quickly strike at large numbers of people.  People that become exposed before the symptoms occur.

Unfortunately most people don’t realize that illness can come from that “harmless” glass of water.   

That’s why it makes so much sense to own a water distiller.  A well designed distiller would take care of this problem through the boiling action of the water and the phase change when the liquid water is converted to steam.  That’s why it makes so much sense to own a distiller and “get ahead” of any eventuality.

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