This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.
from Ken Lifton <KenL240787@AOL.COM>:
Transplant Recipients International Organization
1735 I Street NW, Suite 917
Washington, DC 20006-2461
DATE: June 16, 1995
TO: Chapter Presidents and Chapters In Formation
FROM: Lisa R. Kory, Executive Director
Subject: CDC Press Advisory - "Drinking Water Guidance for
with Weakened Immune Systems"
Enclosed, please find a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Press Advisory
regarding the presence of Cyptosporidium (a parasite) in drinking water and
its harmful potential for those with weakened immune systems (transplant
recipients, HIV/AIDS infected and cancer patients).
The CDC recommends consulting you doctor to assess individual vulnerability
to the parasite. If you are at risk, the most effective method of
neutralizing cryptosporidium is to bring your water to a rolling boil for at
least one minute. Drinking bottled water that is distilled, has gone
a process of reverse osmosis, or comes from a deep well or protected spring,
are good alternatives. For further information on bottled water call the
International Bottled Water Association's Hotline at 800-WATER-11. Tap water
taken from lakes or rivers is more likely to be contaminated.
Please contact our office for further information about in-home, National
Sanitation Foundation (NSF) approved, point of use (personal use, end of
under sink) water filtration systems, or call NSF directly at 800-NSF-8010.
If you have further concerns about cryptosporidium in tap water you can call
CDC's National AIDS Hotline (1-800-342-AIDS) or your local water utility.