Contaminated ground water in Colombo, Sri Lanka, contributes to spread of typhoid fever

Colombo Municipality authorities have declared that much of the ground water in the city, including tap water, is now contaminated with faecal matter. Consumption of contaminated water results in multiple possible infections, including hepatitis, typhoid fever, food poisoning, and many other infectious diseases. Travellers to this city should exercise extreme caution and consume only sealed, decontaminated bottled water. Remember that ice may be made with contaminated water and should be avoided.

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