Known to microbiologist
s as Giardia lamblia, this is the reason
you don't drink the water
when you go to a foreign locale
, or camping
. Giardia is a bacteria
that will cause bloody stool
s and diarrhea
, sometimes with a short fever
. Locals don't get it, because they usually build up a tolerance
to the bug.
It is not easily killed with Chlorine or Iodine treatments, so if you have to drink water you think is infected, use a filter or boil it. Or just drink it and take some Pepto-Bismol, because Giardia is rarely lethal.