Contaminated water is harmful to us, but it is worse for people with weakened immune systems. Weakened immune system refers to people who having an organ transplant, having HIV or AIDS or from undergoing chemotherapy. If you have a weaker immune system, you may have higher chance of contracting disease from waterborne contaminants.
Cryptosporidiosis is the diarrhea disease caused by microscopic parasite. Over the past 20 years, cryptosporidiosis has become one of the common waterborne illnesses. Cryptosporidium parvum usually lives in humans’ and animals’ intestines and is passed in their stool. This disease can be contagious via water, sex, sharing food, and even contact with farm animals. The parasite is protected by outer shell, which allows it to survive outside the body for long period and resistant to chlorine disinfection. If a normal person caught the illness, it could last a few days to a week. However, it can be fatal for people with AIDS, and people with diarrhea will become very dehydrated.
The symptoms of cryptosporidiosis:
- Watery, non-bloody diarrhea (can last from 7 to 20 days)
- Abdominal cramping
- Loss of appetite
Another common immune system disease is toxoplasmosis. There are over 60 million people who are infected with this disease caused from a single-celled parasite toxoplasma gondii. In normal condition, the immune systems can fight off the illness before the symptoms shows. The beginning sign could be flu-like symptoms and muscle ache. In certain case, it may cause brain, nerve, and eye damage.
Don’t let the diseases your health. Let the water filtration system at home do the work of filtering contaminants in the water instead of your body! Installing water filtration system at home cam help to remove or reduce the contaminants such as heavy metals, bacteria, chlorine, and more. Start consuming clean water today!