Cryptosporidium found in south Roscommon water scheme

Residents in south Co Roscommon are being warned to boil water before drinking or using it for food preparation following an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in the area.

Roscommon County Council issued a boil water notice yesterday afternoon the discovery of Cryptosporidium in the south Roscommon water supply scheme, advising people throughout the south of the county to boil water before drinking it or using it for food preparation, cleaning utensils, making ice cubes, or teeth brushing.

The HSE and Roscommon County Council have established an Incident Response Team to investigate the incident and will respond to minimise the risk to the public.

Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrhoeal infection caused by Cryptosporidium, a parasitic protozoan. The infection can be severe in people with poor immune function.