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Another reason to drink beer

It’s funny. Back in the Middle Ages, one of the reasons people drank beers in vast quantities was that it was the only liquid available that was reasonably safe to drink. 

Meet a new aquaintance, the cheeky little fellow in the picture is called Giardia, and is a parasite that is currently inhabiting the water supply of Oslo. (He was probably there in the Middle Ages, too!)

To quote the English web pages of Aftenposten, the major daily around here:

Uncertainty about the gravity of Oslo’s contaminated water supply persists, but authorities insist that residents keep boiling tap water until the source of the apparently minor parasite outbreak is found.

Truls Krogh, head of water hygiene at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) said that water should be boiled until the source of Giardia and cryptosporidium parasites are found, and that this could take weeks.This applies to about 457,000 Oslo residents served by the Oset water treatment plant.“It will probably take a few weeks to determine if the situation is serious or not, then it will take another few weeks to clear up, if the situation is serious,” Krogh said.That’s about four weeks of boiling all the water you want (or need) to drink. Luckily there are other beverages available. And at last we have a use for the ice beers from which they have removed the flavour – they are ideal for brushing your teeth!

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