North Battleford is a small Canadian town located in the Saskatchewan province. Recently, over 30 residents complained of flu-like symptoms
including severe diarrhea
City officials believe that the town's water supply has been contaminated with the cryptosporidium parasite
. While most people exposed to cryptosporidium experience only mildly annoying flu-like symptoms, those with compromised immune systems
, such as the very old, very young, or those suffering from AIDS
or other similar illnesses can become quite ill and face death
.In August 2003, the Saskatchewan government and the City of North Battleford agreed to a $3.2-million out-of-court settlement with 700 people who fell ill by the parasite. The payout was split 50-50.
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of exposure to the cryptosporidium parasite. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
- Specific Contaminated Sites
- Diarrhea: Overview