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Health Department: Warning of infectious coli bacteria in tap water


Authorities warning: drinking water in Central Hesse contaminated with coli bacteria
In parts of central Hesse, caution is advised due to the contamination of drinking water with coli bacteria. Authorities warn against drinking tap water in the affected regions without first boiling it. Otherwise there are health problems.

Drinking water contaminated with coli bacteria
In parts of central Hesse, caution is advised due to the contamination of drinking water with coli bacteria. As the district of Marburg-Biedenkopf announced on Friday, several municipalities in the district of Marburg-Biedenkopf, in the Lahn-Dill district and in the district of Gießen were affected. In a message it said: "The health-friendly quality of the drinking water cannot be guaranteed at the moment." According to the information, the impurities were found during scheduled inspections. Tens of thousands of households are said to be affected.

Water should be boiled
The local waterworks had already started disinfecting and introducing chlorine. The enjoyment of the chlorinated water is harmless. But "Please note that the water is not suitable for the preparation of baby food during the chlorination measure!" It is recommended: "Only drink sparkling boiled tap water!" Also for the preparation of food and beverages, as well as for washing raw food and for Brushing your teeth should only use boiled water. Tap water can be used for personal hygiene and laundry washing without hesitation. "Contact with open wounds should be avoided."

Bacterial infection is harmful to health
The bacteria called Escherichia coli (E. coli) belong to the natural intestinal flora of humans and animals. Some of them can cause gastrointestinal infections with indigestion such as abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Infants, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Such contamination is unfortunately not uncommon, it would occur locally and occasionally. However, according to the district, the current expansion is unusual. The message says: "As soon as the boiling recommendation can be canceled, we will inform you again! In addition, the radio and press will also report and keep you up to date! ”(Ad)

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