FDA Advisory No. 2013-062
MANDATORY BOILING OF COLIFORM BACTERIA-CONTAMINATED DRINKING WATER IN TACLOBAN CITY AND NEARBY AREAS, AND OTHER TIPS
The Department of Health has recently tested the presence of coliform bacteria in community water supplies in Tacloban City and other nearby calamity stricken areas. The presence of coliform bacteria in water supply indicates fecal contamination, either from human or animal feces, and therefore water is non-potable or unsafe to drink unless boiled properly.
There are different coliform bacteria that can possibly contaminate the water supply. One of the most common species of coliform bacteria is Escherichia coli or E. coli bacteria that are commonly found in the digestive system of humans and animals. There are different types of E.coli, some which can cause serious illness such as E. coli 0157:H7. The maximum tolerable concentration of E. coli is "0" in drinking water.
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