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New area hit by water bug

The microscopic bug that has meant stomach upsets and that local residents in the town of Östersund have had to boil their drinking water for over two months, has now spread to another village in the county.

Tests in the village of Ottsjö by, close to the skiing resort of Åre, show that the local tap water has also been hit by the cryptosporidium germ. Filters in the local waterworks were unable to remove the bug from the water, reports local Swedish Radio News in Jämtland.

Cryptosporidium can cause severe stomach upsets that can last for weeks. Local officials aren't afraid that the infestation will spread to resorts such as Åre and Duved though, they get their tap water straight from the groundwater, reports news agency TT.

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