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Q How long do I have to boil water for? A Bring water to boil and allow to cool - electric kettle is fine.

Q What is the bacteria? A The bacteria found is called coliform. It's found widely in soil and on vegetation, but can also be present in sewage Q What should I do if I become ill? A If you do experience prolonged sickness or diarrhoea consult your GP.

A GP should also be consulted if the person affected is very young, elderly or frail. It is generally recommended to increase your fluid intake if you have diarrhoea.

Q What about brushing teeth, ice cubes, bathing and washing up? A Use cooled boiled water for brushing teeth. Discard ice cubes made prior to the boil water notice.

Make ice cubes with cooled boiled water.

It's quite safe to wash and take a bath as long as you don't swallow unboiled water. Dishes should be washed using boiled water if possible, but it is probably sufficient to rinse washed dishes with boiled and cooled water before they are dried. Dishwashers are fine if used on a hot cycle.

Q If I am ill, can I pass it on to someone else? A Yes, this is probably a common means of passing any diarrhoeal infection. It is important you and your relatives/carers pay particular attention to hygiene and hand washing, especially before eating. If you are unwell, it is advisable to avoid handling or preparing food for others to eat.

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Date:Apr 30, 2009
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