Coli bacteria in drinking water from Potsdam

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Coli bacteria detected in Potsdam's drinking water

The health authorities announced that dangerous coli bacteria were detected in Potsdam's drinking water. Until further notice, the citizens of Potsdam should refrain from drinking tap water, a spokesman for the Potsdam city council appeals.

In the drinking water network of the city of Potsdam, coli bacteria that are dangerous for health have been detected. The bacteria were discovered in a water sample from buildings in the Babelsberg district, the authorities said. For this reason, citizens of the city should avoid drinking drinking water from the tap. This applies in particular to residents of the areas between Rudolf-Breitscheidt-Strasse, Plantagenstrasse, Behringstrasse and Karl-Marx-Strasse. Until further notice, citizens are asked not to drink tap water. To use the water to prepare food and drink, the water should boil for at least 3 minutes. The water for brushing your teeth should also go through this procedure. Alternatively, it is a good idea to buy water from the supermarket.

Some citizens are now wondering whether the bacterium is the EHEC germ. But the official doctor of the municipal health office, Dr. med. Ronny Möckel from. It is "absolutely impossible that it is the EHEC pathogen," said the doctor. The contamination could not have been caused by human faeces. "The problem is a problem with the pipes and not with the water itself."

It is very likely that there will be an all-clear signal next Saturday, the doctor told Radio RTL. In any case, one could "specify the hazardous situation". The waterworks had already started rinsing out the bacteria on Thursday night. The pipes are rinsed because it is assumed that the bacteria have settled there.

Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria are germs that occur in animals and humans in the intestine. Certain strains of the E.coli bacteria are the cause of diarrhea and intestinal inflammation. The first symptoms are abdominal pain, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea. (sb)

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