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Floods contaminate water supplies. Thousands of people have to boil their drinking water after E. coli has been found in pipes following recent flooding. The news comes just days after floods devastated parts of Norway. Approximately 16,000 homes in Kongsvinger and Grue near the Swedish border are affected. Householders were alerted after routine sampling identified the bacteria, even though there has been no outbreak so far.

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Floods contaminate water supplies

Published on Friday, 17th June, 2011 at 15:29 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last Updated on 17th June 2011 at 22:47.

Thousands of people have to boil their drinking water after E. coli has been found in pipes following recent flooding.

E. coli
E. coli
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The news comes just days after floods devastated parts of Norway. Approximately 16,000 homes in Kongsvinger and Grue near the Swedish border are affected.

Householders were alerted after routine sampling identified the bacteria, even though there has been no outbreak so far.

Water and sewerage company Glåmdal interkommunale vann- og avløpsselskap (GIVAS) advises customers to boil all drinking and cooking water for a couple of minutes before use.

“We are constantly taking new tests to detect multiple bacteria,” department engineer Tore Strandberg at GIVAS tells NRK.

39 people have so far died from the outbreak around the world since an outbreak of E. coli hit Spain and Germany a month ago. There are also claims 50 dogs have caught the disease following a show in eastern Sweden. Some of the competitors had travelled from places such as Norway and Denmark.



Published on Friday, 17th June, 2011 at 15:29 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last updated on 17th June 2011 at 22:47.

This post has the following tags: ecoli, norwayflooding.





  
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