Saturday , 18 November 2017

RESEARCHERS WANT TO KNOW IF COWS ARE TO BLAME FOR CONTAMINATED WELLS IN NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN

People in Kewaunee County are getting sick by drinking water from private wells. That’s a preliminary conclusion from the leader of a study on the region’s groundwater. A United States Department of Agriculture microbiologist presented preliminary findings of a two-year groundwater study Wednesday night in Kewaunee County. In Kewaunee County, 4,896 households depend on private wells. Mark Borchardt, a microbiologist with the USDA, and a team from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh randomly monitored 621 wells. They found about 380 county residents are at risk of contracting a stomach parasite every day. “We know in Kewaunee County there’s two to nine cases of cryptosporidiosis per year that are lab confirmed,” Borchardt said. But Borchardt said the symptoms most often go unreported “with the dose that we calculated that’s 10 infections per 10,000 people. That means in Kewaunee County we’d expect about 140 cryptosporidiosis cases per year from private wells”. http://www.wpr.org/researchers-want-know-if-cows-are-blame-contaminated-wells-northeastern-Wisconsin

 

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