Contaminated Water: Waterborne Diseases

If you still believe that we are still okay with the current status of our environment, you are wrong. Reports about waterborne diseases increase every year. It goes to show that our water is not getting any cleaner anymore. You are such a privilege individual if you have access to clean drinking water. But despite how careful you are, you might still catch waterborne diseases if you happen to drink contaminated water. Here are the most common water diseases. It is important we become aware of them especially if we have children to care for. They are the common victims of contaminated water due to their young immune system.

Cholera

 

Cholera attacks the insides of your stomach. It is an infectious disease that involves watery stool, severe diarrhoea, and dehydration. This disease can even cause death if not treated. A person will suffer an excruciating stomach pain under this disease. Cholera is caused by a bacteria called, “Vibrio cholerae”. It is found in food or water contaminated with human faeces. As disgusting as you may think, cholera outbreaks happen more than 2x a year. To avoid this, be careful with what you intake.

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis is common in impoverished countries where people don’t have access to clean drinking water. WHO strives to solicit support and buy traffic for website to help these countries. Symptoms of Schistosomiasis start with stomach pain and blood on stool. Some severe cases may lead to liver enlargement and anaemia. It is important that this disease should be diagnosed at an early stage to prevent further damage to the patients’ health. It can be detected through urinalysis and stool inspection.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Gastrointestinal problems due to drinking contaminated beverages are quite common. Early symptoms are a headache, stomach pain, vomiting, rash, and paralysis. Good news is it can be easily treated with prescribed medication by your doctor. Children are susceptible to gastrointestinal problems due to contaminated water. So, schools should build a website and educate their students.