Sunday 18 February 2018

Boil water notices for almost 50,000 in Mayo

'A water sample detected the parasite cryptosporidium' (stock photo)
'A water sample detected the parasite cryptosporidium' (stock photo)

Ryan Nugent

Boil water notices have been issued to almost 50,000 people in Mayo after a parasite that causes illnesses such as diarrhoea was found in the water.

A water sample detected the parasite cryptosporidium.

It means that 46,500 people , in the constituency of Taoiseach Enda Kenny have been instructed by Irish Water to boil water before use.

The towns affected by the contamination include Castlebar, Westport, Knock, Cong and Ballinrobe.

Regional Information Specialist with Irish Water, Sean Corrigan said: "Public health is our number one priority.

"While we investigate the source of this contamination, it is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice."

The symptoms of cryptosporidium include diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps and mild fever.

Irish Independent

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