The U.S. Embassy in Dublin released a Warden Message on May 14 indicating that the Galway area of Ireland has been experiencing problems with the cryptosporidiosis parasite since March of this year. Ingesting the parasite, which commonly occurs in fecal material, causes diarhea. Although testing of the water from the local supply plant has not revealed the presence of the parasite, drinking water is a possible transmission route. As a precaution, the Galway Council has issued a “boil water” notice. If you will be traveling in Galway this month, we suggest you drink only bottled water and avoid salads and other uncooked food that may be served after being washed in water. Be sure to inquire locally on this issue if you will be travleling in Galway.
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