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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
While there are generally considered to be four kinds of hepatitis, A, B, C, and E, the ones that are most likely to be spread through the water supply are A and E. Hepatitis is an infectious viral disease that affects the liver. Hepatitis is found throughout the world, but the waterborne strains are found in underdeveloped countries where the water supplies are contaminated with human waste.
   
Hepatitis causes a number of very unpleasant symptoms, and its onset is usually swift. Those who drink contaminated water will become feverish, suffer from bodily weakness, headache, nausea, and diarrhea, among other afflictions. As hepatitis is a disease of the liver, those who become ill with it will also become jaundiced (yellow). Most people in the Third World become infected with hepatitis while they are children, and this does grant them lifetime immunity. Always remember, however, that infection with hepatitis can make a person more prone to developing liver cancer later in life.

Traveling Safely
   
Travelers from North America can easily become ill with hepatitis if they travel to Central or South America, Africa, the Middle East, India, China and other Far Eastern countries, and some Eastern European nations. Safe drinking water is available in Northern and Central Europe (England, Norway, Germany, and Italy), Australia, and New Zealand. If you have any doubts about the water supply in a country you are visiting, err on the safe side to avoid becoming infected with hepatitis.
   
Bottled water, when the tap water is chancy, is definitely an option, but for those who might be spending an extended length of time overseas or where bottled water simply may not be available, carrying along a good water filter is the best option.
   
When deciding which filter to take with you on your trip, it is important to read the specifications carefully – filters differ widely in what they will and will not remove from water. Pitcher filters will be basically useless in a situation such as this, they usually only remove bad taste and will do nothing to provide safe water to drink.
   
Portable filters are available that have been designed specifically to remove dangerous pathogens such as hepatitis viruses from the water. Viruses are very small, so the pore size of the filter must be correspondingly small to trap the hepatitis viruses and prevent them from entering your system.
   
For those who are only going to be abroad for a short period of time, a matter of days or a week, easy to carry and use filter straws are an excellent option. These small filters can simply be dropped into a glass of water and purified water can be sucked up. Another good filter for the short term traveler is the filter bottle. These will filter about 4 times what a filter straw can, and are highly effective at providing safe water. If you are going to be living for an extended period of time in a foreign country, a countertop Berkey filter is probably the best idea. These come in a number of sizes from 1 quart to several gallons, and will assure you of pure water during your stay.


by: Chris Tracey

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Cholera is one of the most feared of infectious diseases, and with very good reason – cholera can cause such extreme dehydration from diarrhea and vomiting that it can cause a person’s death literally within hours.

Cholera is a swear word in Polish, and the number of people who have succumbed to this awful disease over the centuries probably numbers in the hundreds of millions. Even in the advanced 20th Century, millions of people have died of cholera, most of them in India.
   
Cholera is not an outdated, happened-long-ago-in-the-past disease, it is alive and well in many parts of the world.  Just this last January, Cuba had a cholera outbreak that sickened dozens of people. India is still the epicenter of this disease with thousands of cases being reported every year. Even more alarming than the incidence of the disease itself is the emergence of a cholera super bug that resists conventional antibiotic treatment.
   
Water is the most common means of transmission of the cholera bacterium and it passes from person to person in fecal matter. Inadequate sources of clean water are responsible for the spread of the disease in parts of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. However, the emergency of cholera in Cuba demonstrates that the disease can surface in even relatively modern societies.
   
The treatment for cholera is actually quite straightforward – a round of antibiotics combined with fluid replacement. If adequate medical care is available, the cholera actually has a very low death rate. However, regardless of mortality statistics, the best thing to do is to avoid cholera in the first place.

Purifying Drinking Water
  
  • There is really no reason to fear traveling to countries with unsafe water if you take some precautionary measures first. A number of water purification options are available that will provide you with water that is free of cholera bacteria, as well as other pathogens.
  • Water purification tablets can be used to effectively kill cholera bacteria. Tablets based either on chlorine or iodine work equally well against this scourge. Follow the directions on the package carefully to assure safe water quality.
  • Filter straws are a short-term solution to safe drinking water where there has been an outbreak of cholera. However, as these straws will only purify about 25 gallons before becoming useless, a longer term purification method is probably desirable.
  • Filter bottles will provide 100 gallons of water that is safe to drink, and are low enough in price to make them available to any traveler.
  • There are many different kinds of camp filters available that can provide hundreds or even thousands of gallons of pure, safe water. Some of these rely on actively pumping the water through a filter element while others rely on gravity.
  • People who are planning to live for an extended period in an underdeveloped country would be well advised to take along a quality water filter. Filters that attach to the faucet itself are one option, although if electrical service is spotty, water may not be available at all times. Countertop gravity feed filters are probably the most practical answer to contaminated water as these will operate without the need for electricity and will safely filter water from any source.



by: Chris Tracey

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