The HSE says a small number of cases of cryptosporidium in county Sligo are likely to be linked the Lough Talt supply.
A Boil Water Notice has been in place on the supply since February and was extended for another 4 weeks on Friday and the HSE said they are investigating reported cases of ‘cryptosporidiosis’ in the community.
Dr Anthony Breslin, Specialist in Communicable Diseases and Environmental Health says most cases are related to the spike they see at this time every year and are linked to work on farms and with animals.
But he has confirmed that the source of a very small number has not yet been determined and therefore they cannot rule out the possibility that they could be as a result of the contamination of the Lough Talt supply.
He’s urging people to continue to boil their water as this kills the bacteria.
He spoke to Claire Mulcahy earlier and she started off by asking him if people should be concerned at the latest reports of illness in the community:
The HSE in conjunction with Irish Water and Sligo County Council are to review the Boil Water Notice again in June.