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Microorganisms in Drinking Water


Wondering what microorganisms (Bacteria & Viruses) can be found in some sources of drinking water, and what they can do to your health? Here is a list of some of them.

MICROORGANISMS & POSSIBLE HEALTH EFFECTS


BACTERIA

  • Campylobacter

    • Diarrhea (sometimes bloody), cramping, abdominal pain, and fever

  • Escherichia coli

    • Bloody or non-bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps; little or no fever
    • Can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and kidney failure in young children or the elderly.

  • Salmonella

    • Diarrhea, typhoid fever, stomach cramps.
    • Infection can spread from intestines to blood and other body sites, causing serious illness

  • Shigella

    • Watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, upset stomach
    • Vomiting and stomach cramping may also occur

VIRUSES

  • Enterovirus

    • Usually causes mild upper respiratory, “flu-like” symptoms with fever and muscle pains, or a rash.
    • Meningitis is less common, and illnesses that affect the heart and brain may occur, but are very rare.

  • Hepatitis A

    • Jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin), dark urine, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever, stomach ache.
    • Most infected adults will show symptoms while children often do not have symptoms (but could still pass the virus to others)

  • Norovirus (Norwalk)

    • Upset stomach, cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.
    • Headache and low-grade fever may also occur.

  • Rotavirus

    • Vomiting, watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever.

PROTOZOA

  • Cryptosporidium Diarrhea

    • Loose or watery stool, stomach cramps, upset stomach, and fever.
    • Usually causes mild illness, but can be serious or fatal for people with weakened immune systems

  • Giardia Diarrhea

    • Loose or watery stool, stomach cramps.
    • Usually causes mild illness, but can be serious or fatal for people with weakened immune systems.