Around 1,500 people in Hungary are being treated for a range of health problems after a city’s water supply became contaminated. Health services in Miskolc in the northeast of the country are struggling to cope with the crisis. It is thought heavy rainfall overrunning the city’s antiquated water system may be to blame.
“I got some treatment then I went home.” said one woman hospital patient. “But I had to come back because I didn’t get better, even though I hadn’t drunk anymore tap water,” she added.
Investigators have identified two types of contaminants so far and it is thought the infection can by passed from human to human, causing diarrhoea and nausea. The city’s mayor said people would be supplied with bottled water until the crisis is over.
It is not believed anyone’s life is in danger but authorities fear the number of cases will continue to rise, perhaps affecting up to a quarter of the city’s population. The local water supply network, which is almost a hundred years old, has been shut down and pipes are being rinsed and disinfected.