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BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Some 1,400 people in northeastern
Hungary have fallen ill from drinking water contaminated with
bacteria, the director of national epidemic affairs said.
Flooding caused by heavy spring rainfall caused the contamination
of spring water that flows into the water system serving the city of
Miskolc, about 100 miles northeast of the capital, Budapest, experts
Residents of Miskolc began showing symptoms of bacterial
poisoning, including diarrhea, vomiting and fatigue.
The number of sick had reached 1,400, with 95 people hospitalized,
said the director of national epidemic affairs, Lajos Ocsai.
He urged residents to be vigilant about hygiene, including washing
their hands before handling food. Residents should drink only bottled
water, and use tap water only for cooking, experts said.
Trucks were bringing in water for household needs and school
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