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Common Parasites found in Natural Water Sources

Updated on November 04, 2012

Hidden Dangers in Pond Water

Did you know that parasites and other dangers can be found in pond, lakes or pool water? Scary though, isn't it? When we were kids we always swam in ponds, lakes and other natural water bodies and never gave it a second thought.

Many doctors are not trained in parasitoligy and may miss these destructive organisms that can cause allergies, sickness, blindness and even death. Some years ago, I told my doctor, I thought I may have parasites and she laughed and told me it was very rare for someone to have parasites in the US.

If you think you may have a parasites, insist that you doctors do a fecal and blood test to rule our parasitic infection. There are also many colon and parasite cleanses on the market that may help rid your body these destructive opportunist.

Common Parasites found in Natural Water Sources

Giardia: If you ever passed a pool of stagnant warter chances are the giardia protozoa is in it. When ingested, it causes stomach cramps and diarrhea. It attaches itself to the lining of the small intestines and inhibits the proper absorption on food and its nutrients.

Small chcildren or 3 times more likely to contract this parasites and it is estimated that between 1 to 20% of the US population are infected with giardia.

This protozoa can infect both humans and animals. It is spread through human or animal contact with fecal matter. If you are infested with giardia see a physician and practice strict hygiene, making certain to wash you hands after going to the bathroom or cleaning up behind your pets.

Campylobacter, is a bacteria found in water contaminated with feces. This can be founds in lakes, ponds and swimming pools not properly chlorinated. There have been many species of campylobacter found in humans and it also affects pets and other animals. Most strains produce a toxins in the intestinal tract, that affect the immune system. Symptoms are bloody diarrhea, and fever. Treatment with antibiotics and hydration and rest are necessary for recovery.

Leptospira, is a bacteria transmitted to humans by allowing water that has been contaminated by animal urine to come in contact with wounds in the skin, eyes, or nose. It thrives in staggnant water like marshes. Symptoms of contamination with leptospira are, fever, liver damage and kidney failure. This bacteria can be detected through blood testing.

Cryptosporidium, also known as crypto is a parasite that lives in the intestines and passes through stool. If you have experience a stomach flu like symptoms, after swimming in a pond, lake, swimming poor or being in a hot tub, changes are you have contracted crypto. Other symptoms of infection are Stomach pain and cramping, fever, rashes, nausea, vomiting and would infections.

Waterborne Parasites

Quick Action

If you or you children have any of the above symptoms after swimming, or playing in stagnant water, quickly contact you doctor for testing and treatment. Some parasites may cause brain infection and the sooner it is detected the sooner you can receive treatment and safer you will be.

Colon Cleanse

Whether you go swimming or not, it is a good idea to do a colon cleanse at least twice a years. Parasites can be passed to family pets, contaminated food eaten in restaurants and just about anywhere. Check with your health food store naturalistic physician for advise on what to use.

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      Ardot 2 years ago from Canada

      Awesome article!

      Is this a new phenomenon or have these parasites always been present? I'm always wary of river and lake water while going camping and worry about the children who love to splash around in it.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I haven't swam in a lake in over 25 years. Back then I had no idea how easily you could contract a parasite. I have heard of a few children who contracted that brain-eating amoeba. So terrifying. I will however swim at the sea. The more and more our water ways are polluted, the more dangerous they become.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I've always had an ick factor about swimming and the like in water where animals have pooped (or public pools where I'm pretty darn sure people have peed). Last summer my daughter took a week-long river kayaking camp where she learned "roll over" techniques and had to take river water up her nose during the maneuver. The following week she became very ill and required several rounds of antibiotics. I'm convinced that it was dirty water that made her sick. In 2011, a 9-year old child in our area contracted the brain-eating amoeba, so we don't dismiss the danger of the river.

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      Southernmapart 4 years ago

      Interesting. Thumbs up.

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      Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      Brain eating amoebas? Gross! This is a very informative article, keep informing the world!

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