The hospital in Östersund, where some 200 medical staff have fallen ill from a parasite in the city's tap water. Photo: JANERIK HENRIKSSON / SCANPIX

Source of parasite not yet isolated

Authorities may now have traced the source of an intestinal parasite that has sickened some 6,000 people in the northern city of Östersund and have turned over the details to the police and prosecutor. But at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, they said they have not yet attempted to isolate the source.

Local officials have been testing whether the sewage treatment plant could have been responsible for leaking the bug into the water supply. The first set of results showed negative, but they may be wrong, as authorities noticed afterwards that mistakes had been made during the test.

Meanwhile, some 200 staff members at the local hospital are sick with the stomach bug, which can cause diarrhea for weeks. Swedish Television News reports that the coming days will be critical, as the hospital expects even more personnel to fall ill over the coming days.

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