23 Apr Examining Common Well Water Parasites
Undoubtedly, having clean and safe drinking water is essential for your Idaho home. While there are many things that can contaminate your water, Common Well Water Parasites can be among the most problematic and potentially dangerous. There are many different parasites that can affect your household water supply, but here are two types that are most commonly found in drinking water.
Toxoplasma gondii is a single-celled parasite that causes an infection known as Toxoplasmosis. Found around the world, the parasite is believed to infect up to one-third of the global population, including more than 40 million people in the United States. This makes the infection one of the most common parasitic infections in the world.
As might be expected, Toxoplasma gondii spreads quite easily from person to person. Not only can it be spread in drinking water, but it can also be spread through contaminated dirt, cat feces, fruits and vegetation and undercooked meat.
In most people, those who are infected have very few symptoms if any at all. Pregnant women and those with a compromised immune system, however, could experience serious health complications from this infection.
Also referred to as simply just “Crypto,” Cryptosporidium is one of the microscopic Common Well Water Parasites that can lead to a disease known as cryptosporidiosis. This parasite may get into water through sewage and animal waste.
Crypto can be particularly problematic because it can survive for long periods of time without a host. This is because it has a protective outer shell, which also makes it tolerant to chlorine disinfection.
Crypto can also be life-threatening to those with a weak immune system. For those with a healthy immune system, the symptoms of Crypto may last just one to two weeks. Some of the symptoms associated with the infection include dehydration, pain, nausea, fever, vomiting and weight loss.