How to treat water to prevent gastro?
Due to imbalances of climate and water supply, there is a higher chance of rising tummy illnesses. Drought, lack of water can be especially conducive to the spread of gastro.
According to Thiru Vanniasinkam, Microbiologist at Charles Sturt University improperly treated water can carry more harmful bacteria.
"Extreme weather events such as drought and flood can cause an increase in waterborne/foodborne infections, such as gastro," she said.
During dry times, it is very pertinent to carefully pay attention to the quality of water, as some water used could be recycled or improperly treated.
"When there is less water, producers of food crops may be recycling water, which if improperly treated can be an issue, there is also an issue of potential contamination of food crops with surface runoff which can happen when soils is dry during a drought and rain does not penetrate the soil," Dr Vanniasinkam said.
"Any of this water could potentially contaminate fruit or vegetables which is consumed raw could potentially be a health risk."
"During a drought when there may be some rain communities collecting rainwater in tanks may find an increase of in the number of bacteria in that water, in warmer months if there are sources of nutrition in the water, the bacteria may also multiple in the tank water," Dr Vanniasinkam said.
NSW Health have warned people to play it safe when it comes to germs and bacteria.
"The best way to reduce your chances of getting viral gastroenteritis is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water for at least 10 seconds before handing and eating food and always wash your hands after using the toilet," NSW Health Director of Health Protection, Dr Jeremy McAnulty, said.
"It is vital if you or your family contract gastroenteritis that you should stay home from work or keep a child home from school if they're sick. [Infected people] should not visit hospitals or aged care facilities to avoid spreading the virus in vulnerable settings."
Symptoms of gastroenteritis include
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle ache
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