You Can Prevent Cryptosporidiosis
If you choose to buy a filter, look for this information on the label: continued...
Water labeled as follows has been processed
by method effective against crypto:
Reverse osmosis treated
Filtered through an absolute 1 micron or smaller
"One micron absolute"
Water labeled as follows may not have been
processed by method effective against crypto
C. Bottled water: If you drink
bottled water, read the label and look for this information: Bottled water
labels reading "well water," "artesian well water," "spring
water," or "mineral water" do not guarantee
that the water does not contain crypto.
However, water that comes from protected well or protected spring water sources
is less likely to contain crypto than bottled water or tap water from less
protected sources, such as rivers and lakes. Any bottled water (no matter what
the source) that has been treated by one or more of the methods listed in the
top part of the water filters table (p. 8) is considered safe.
D. Home distillers: You can
remove crypto and other germs from your water with a home distiller. If you use
one, you need to carefully store your water as recommended for storing boiled
E. Other drinks: Soft drinks
and other beverages may or may not contain crypto. You need to know how they
were prepared to know if they might contain crypto. If you drink prepared
drinks, look for drinks prepared to remove crypto:
Crypto killed or removed in
Canned or bottled soda, seltzer and fruit drinks
Steaming hot (175 degrees F or hotter) tea or coffee
Crypto may not be killed or removed in
Fruit drinks you mix with tap water from frozen
Iced tea or coffee
Juices made from fresh fruit can also be
contaminated with crypto. Recently several people became ill after drinking
apple cider made from apples contaminated with crypto. You may wish to avoid
unpasteurized juices or fresh juices if you do not know how they were
8. Take extra care when traveling.
If you travel to developing nations you may be at a greater risk for
crypto because of poorer water treatment and food sanitation. Warnings about
food, drinks, and swimming are even more important when visiting developing
countries. Avoid raw fruits and vegetables, tap water or ice made from tap
water, unpasteurized milk or dairy products, and items purchased from street
vendors. These items may be contaminated with crypto. Steaming-hot foods,
fruits you peel yourself, bottled and canned processed drinks, and hot coffee
or tea are probably safe. Talk with your health care provider about other
guidelines for travel abroad.