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Confirmed Cases of Disease Double to 46 After Parasite Found in Drinking Water

Confirmed Cases Of Disease Double To 46 After Parasite Found In Drinking Water

The number of confirmed cases of cryptosporidiosis, a waterborne disease caused by a parasite, has more than doubled to 46 in south Devon, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has reported. Additionally, over 100 more individuals are exhibiting similar symptoms, raising concerns about the extent of the outbreak.

Confirmed Cases Of Disease Double To 46 After Parasite Found In Drinking Water

South West Water initially detected “small traces” of the parasite cryptosporidium in the Hillhead reservoir, prompting a boil water notice for residents in parts of Brixham and Alston. Despite assurances of water safety, subsequent testing revealed contamination, leading to increased cases of illness and widespread disruption.

Confirmed Cases Of Disease Double To 46 After Parasite Found In Drinking Water

Laura Flowerdew, South West Water’s chief customer officer, acknowledged the likely source of contamination to be a broken air valve contaminated by animal faeces. However, she refrained from providing a timeline for resolving the incident, leaving residents in uncertainty.

Confirmed Cases Of Disease Double To 46 After Parasite Found In Drinking Water

Health Secretary Victoria Atkins stressed the importance of accountability, stating that there will be “very, very hard questions” for South West Water. With affected households and businesses seeking answers and solutions, concerns persist over the duration of the boil water notice and the long-term implications of the outbreak.

Confirmed Cases Of Disease Double To 46 After Parasite Found In Drinking Water

Amid the chaos, businesses and residents have faced significant challenges, with one primary school forced to close due to the lack of safe drinking water. Hotel owners report cancellations, while individuals affected by the illness highlight the impact on their health and livelihoods.

Confirmed Cases Of Disease Double To 46 After Parasite Found In Drinking Water

Efforts to address the crisis involve collaboration between UKHSA, Torbay Council, South West Water, NHS Devon, and the Environment Agency. However, with the potential for more cases to emerge in the coming weeks, residents remain vigilant and call for transparency and swift resolution.

Confirmed Cases Of Disease Double To 46 After Parasite Found In Drinking Water

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