What's In Your Water?
Anyone who has spent time in the backcountry has likely used a portable water filter. Anyone who hasn�t and caught an intestinal parasite likely does now. There are many waterborne threats, which manage to kill over 3,000,000 people worldwide and seriously sicken hundreds of millions. These disease vectors fall into three main categories:
Listed above are the major culprits responsible for waterborne illness. Some, such as Rotavirus, kill over ½ million people per year while others are merely debilitating, like Trachoma, which causes blindness.
- Protozoa, such as Giardia, Entamoebic Dysentery, and Cryptosporidium
- Bacteria, such as Cholera, Shigella (dysentery), E. Coli, Salmonella, Trachoma
- Viruses, such as Hepatitis, Rotavirus, Norovirus, Enterovirus (meningitis)
|Although bacteria and viruses cause most waterborne diseases worldwide, the average hiker in a first world environment is likely to be felled by a protist. There are obvious exceptions:|
The recent spate of cruise-ship diarrhea outbreaks were caused by Noroviruses. In Mexico, what is referred to as Montezuma�s revenge is a Rotavirus. E. Coli has garnered quite a bit of press for those areas afflicted with livestock runoff, and so on.
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