Contaminated water could cause vomiting, diarrhea and other health problems

NEW ORLEANS — We won’t know if the water in New Orleans was contaminated until Thursday, but the danger it could pose is very real, especially if you’re already sick.
The mother of an 18-month-old boy just learned about the boil water advisory in Orleans Parish hours after it was announced.
Let’s just give him juice for the rest of the day and wait ’til this lifts," Nicole Davis said.
He says for healthy people, those intestinal problems will clear on their own. It’s those with chronic health problems who especially need to boil water for at least a minute, or drink bottled water.
Getting it in your eyes could cause a little irritation.
While most problems will clear up on their own for healthy people, those with healing wounds need to be extra careful.
That’s something Melissa Carollo wants to avoid with her husband’s six inch incision.
"The boil water advisory is going to be a little bit of a pain because my husband just had back surgery, so getting him showered now already is a little bit of a hassle, and I don’t know how I’m going to get him showered boiling water," Carollo said.

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