Dangers Of Raw Sewage: 4 Nasty Diseases Caused By Exposure Or Ingestion Of Human Excrement

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Each year, approximately 7.1 million people become mildly to moderately ill after drinking water that has been contaminated with raw sewage. Another 1.8 to 3.5 million get sick after coming into contact with raw sewage. Of these cases, more than half a million people will become seriously ill. Some will even die as a direct result of coming into contact with or ingesting raw sewage. 

Why is this important for your family? Your sewage system has the potential to expose your family to raw sewage if it isn't working properly. Sewage backups, septic tank failures and sewage line leaks can all put your family in harm's way. Following are four of many nasty diseases that your family can get from coming into contact with raw sewage. 


If you feel ill and get diarrhea, there's a good chance you have campylobacteriosis. Responsible for most bacterial infections in people, this disease causes cramping, nausea, diarrhea and fever. This disease usually develops within a few days of eating contaminated food. 


Mosquitoes who live around and lay eggs in water contaminated by sewage can pass the deadly disease encephalitis to humans. While the disease does not cause symptoms in all people, it can get quite severe in others. Symptoms include high fever, headache, body aches, stiff neck, weakness, tremors, convulsions, coma and paralysis.


The "stomach flu" is often caused by numerous viruses present in raw sewage, such as the rotavirus. While most people recover from a stomach bug within 10 days, vulnerable people can die from it, including infants, the elderly and those that are immune compromised or ill. Symptoms of a stomach virus include fever, nausea, chills, diarrhea and abdominal pain. 

Hepatitis A

An infection that attacks the liver, Hepatitis A can cause jaundice, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and fever. This illness is usually caused by ingesting contaminated food or water, but it can also enter the body through person-to-person contact. Hepatitis A causes inflammation of the liver and may affect your liver's ability to function. While there are vaccines to prevent this disease, good hygiene goes a long way in preventing this disease. 

As you can see, there are several nasty diseases your family may get if your sewer system isn't working properly. For this reason, it's vital that you contact an emergency plumber at the first sign of trouble. In case of a sewage backup or leak, it's also advisable to leave your home until the problem is fixed and the mess cleaned up. For more information, contact Pipeworks Inc. or a similar company.


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