November 9, 2007: High Giardia Counts Lead to Boil Water Notice for Greenville, PA, Residents

November 9th, 2007

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a boil water notice for the customers of the Greenville Municipal Water Authority in Mercer County, PA, due to high Giardia counts in the Shenango River.

About 3,700 customers have been affected by the notice as the Greenville Municipal Water Authority scrambles to correct a filtering problem.

Giardia food poisoning is caused by a parasite known as Giardia lamblia or Giardia intestinalis. Giardia is also a common cause of waterborne disease in the United States.

Symptoms of Giardia infection, or Giardiasis, may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, gas, belching, bloating, greasy stools, nausea or upset stomach. Symptoms may occur 1 to 2 weeks after infection, and usually last from 1 to 3 weeks. Weight loss and dehydration may also occur as a result of these symptoms. Some individuals with Giardiasis are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not exhibit symptoms.

To learn more about Giardia, please see About Giardia and Symptoms of Giardiasis.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a waterborne parasite or foodborne illness, and you have a question about your legal rights, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274 for a free case evaluation, or click on Free Case Evaluation to submit your questions. To learn more about The Law Firm of Eric Weinberg, please see Personal Injury Attorney.

For recent food poisoning outbreak and food recall news see Listeria Salmon Dip Recall and Salmonella North Carolina.

You may also wish to visit our new blog, www.listeria.com, to learn about Listeria food poisoning and listeriosis.

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