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Polluted Water Diseases

According to Wikipedia the following diseases can come from polluted water:

Protozoal infections:

Amoebiasis (hand-to-mouth), Cryptosporidiosis (oral), Cyclosporiasis, Giardiasis (fecal-oral) (hand-to-mouth), Microsporidiosis

Parasitic infections (Kingdom Animalia):

Schistosomiasis (immersion), Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease), Taeniasis, Fasciolopsiasis, Hymenolepiasis (Dwarf Tapeworm Infection), Echinococcosis (Hydatid disease), Coenurosis, Ascariasis, Enterobiasis

Bacterial infections:

Botulism, Campylobacteriosis, Cholera, E. coli Infection, M. marinum infection, Dysentery, Legionellosis (two distinct forms: Legionnaires' disease and Pontiac fever), Leptospirosis, Otitis Externa (swimmer's ear), Salmonellosis, Typhoid fever, Vibrio Illness

Viral infections:

SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis (Polio), Polyomavirus infection

See the complete article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterborne_diseases

Travellers to African countries:

According to the UN Environment Program (Unep), more than 400 million Africans now live in water-scarce countries; 300 million people still do not have reasonable access to safe drinking water and nearly 230 million people defecate in the open.

It can therefore be dangerous to drink unfiltered water in any African country.

When people travel abroad whether it is for a holiday or for business, many will pack the usual items such as toiletries and clothing. Some even purchase travel insurance. Most, though, never plan what they'll be eating or drinking when they travel. Knowing what you'll be eating or drinking, however, is probably more important than the clothes you'll be bringing along. If you have ever gotten food poisoning, you'll know what an inconvenience it is and how costly it can be. No one would enjoy being hospitalized in a foreign country during their holiday or business trip.

You may be able to avoid food poisoning by ensuring that the establishment you patronize is clean and hygienic. To further guard against it, avoid uncooked or partially cooked meals altogether. So that covers the food. What about the drink? Do you know what is in the water you drink? Many people incorrectly assume that tap water is safe to drink and is clean, clear, pure, and safe. Scientific and environmental studies have shown otherwise. Even if the water from a water source appears to be clear, clean, and safe to drink, consuming water from unknown sources or in countries where potable water cannot be taken for granted could be hazardous to your health.

The potential for harmful chemicals (mercury, lead, arsenic, etc), bacteria, fungi, parasites, rust and other contaminants residing in water is growing worldwide. The kind of fresh uncontaminated water available a hundred years ago is harder and more expensive to obtain due to industrialization and a growing population. If the proper precautions aren't taken to treat the water, drinking contaminated water can cause severe illness or disease, even death.

That's where water filters come in. Water filters and water filtration systems have become a popular solution lately for tap water. The right filter will not only treat bad tasting tap water but will also treat contaminated water.

People take a variety of actions to treat the water they drink at home. They may:

- Install faucet filters, sink filters or a complete home water filtration system
- Pour the water through pitchers with a canister filtration systems such as Brita before drinking

All these may work well for drinkable water in developed countries where water from the tap is for the most part, safe to drink. Depending on where you go, whether you are camping or visiting a foreign country, taking the necessary precautions to treat your water prior to drinking is highly recommended. Boiling water does not remove the contaminants within. A portable water filter comes in very handy for such cases. For the mobile warrior, a water bottle with a built in water filtration system may do just the trick.

Consider this, if you had to go so far as to obtain water from an unknown river or source, would the water be drinkable after water treatment?  So, before you go on any trip to a foreign country, remember to pack along with you a proven water treatment system all contained within the convenience of a water bottle.