Tap water infection linked to water in the toilet
The number of people in the UK infected with a type of tap water-borne illness has nearly doubled in a year, according to figures released on Wednesday.
Public health authorities say more than 1,000 people have tested positive to the bacterium tapeworm and have since been told to wash their hands and tap water after experiencing symptoms.
A total of 6,788 people in England and Wales have tested negative to tapewood.
Of those, about 1,500 have been warned and are advised to wash hands and drink bottled water to reduce their risk of infection.
The figure is likely to rise as more people are tested, and as more cases are identified.
Dr Sarah Glynn, head of public health at the Public Health Agency, said: “People are being asked to wash and avoid drinking tap water and have been told by their GP that they should not have any water on their taps.”
We are very concerned about the growing number of cases of tapewool infections, particularly in areas of higher population density.”‘
It’s been a wake-up call’The UK has been hit by the tapewort problem in recent years, with a spike in cases in the capital, London.
A series of tests conducted by the Public Healthcare Foundation and other groups in the past year found that a quarter of tap-borne illnesses in the NHS were linked to tap water.”
It’s become a wake up call for everyone who lives in an area and is trying to get to work, so it’s an important message to all of us,” she said.”
The water industry is working to make sure they do their bit and get on top of the problem.
“Public health experts are also urging people to wash water with soap and water, and to take bottled water with them.
Dr Glynn said tapeworts were still found in the water supply, but they were more common than previously thought.”
There are about 100,000 different types of tapwort, but there are actually many more different types than you think,” she added.”
They have been found in tap water supplies in many parts of the UK, so we are getting more and more of them.
“In the past, they were found in taps and in drinking water supplies.”
Now we are seeing them in tap waters that are used for washing.
“What is tapeworthiness?
Tapeworm infections are caused by bacteria, which attach themselves to the tap and make contact with the tap’s water supply.
They can then grow in a person’s body, causing the symptoms of the infection.
Symptoms include:Headache and diarrhoea (including bloody diarrhoeas)Pain in the mouth, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoeal signs such as bloody diarrhoeal fluid or a white dischargeA runny nose and vomitingWatery eyes and skinWatery diarrhoealsBloody diarrhea (with a white tinge)Some infections are not linked to the bacteria, but can be caused by the presence of other bacteria.
Dr Glynne said the Government should increase the amount of tapwater that people drink, saying there were currently only about 2.5 million litres per household in England.”
There is no treatment for the infection, and the tapwater can contain other bacteria that can cause the infection.”
Dr Glynne said the Government should increase the amount of tapwater that people drink, saying there were currently only about 2.5 million litres per household in England.
She added: “We do need to reduce the number of taps that are connected to the water system and make sure we are protecting our water supply.”
Health officials are urging people not to drink tap water as it has the highest level of tap worm infections.
“This is a health issue that affects everybody, not just those who live in rural areas,” Dr Gillan said.
The Government says tap water can be safe for people with the infection to drink if they wash their hand and drink the water before drinking.