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Dozens of hikers became ill during trips to waterfalls near the Grand Canyon


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    Ken Larson
    BPL Member

    @kenlarson

    Locale: Western Michigan
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    Paul Wagner
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    @balzaccom

    Locale: Wine Country

    Yeah, that does not sound like fun.  And your water filter will remove bacteria, but not viruses.

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    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    I thought you don’t have to worry about viruses in the U.S.

    A steripen would have worked

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    DWR D
    BPL Member

    @dwr-2

    A steripen would have worked

    Maybe not… if transmission was by hand contact. Norovirus is extremely contagous… person to person… it does not have to be in the water…

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    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    good point

    re-reading that article – they tested some of the water and found no virus and they speculated it was from not washing hands

    I have a solution – stay away from other people : )

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    HkNewman
    BPL Member

    @hknewman

    Locale: The West is (still) the Best

    Not worrying about viruses in the backcountry pretty much assumes an otherwise low population of fellow humans who are hopefully disposing of Easter properly.  In the US for backpacking that tends to be higher ground which historically wasn’t developed much.  If bike touring or bikepacking (often lower elevations) I’d probably consider a water purifier for viruses, bacteria, and many chemicals if not boiling.

    Along the PCT track to the east of I-5, there’s Deep Creek that sees city visitors coming into that valley from either side via informal pay parking lots.  Many splash and lounge in the pools staying overnight (even though illegal), along with backcountry users.   There’s no privy and who knows what often intoxicated users are leaving behind.

    I try to filter on springs upstream to be on the safe side.

     

    That said hand-washing is a must.  Think many believe that hand sanitizer will do the trick.  (file under nope)

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