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Common Diseases Caused By Water Pollution

When someone is exposed to water contamination, they never know what can arise. Unfortunately, if there are volatile organic compounds within the water supply, it can lead to several medical conditions. Exposure is nothing new. In fact, several cities still endure water contamination to this day, and the United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune dealt with it between 1953 and 1987.

The contamination of the Camp Lejeune drinking water has led to people enduring various types of cancers and other conditions. However, it’s vital to know all of the problems that may arise because of water pollution, including bacterial diseases, viral diseases, and parasitic diseases.

Bacterial Diseases

Bacterial diseases occur when there’s insufficient water treatment. It can cause someone to endure any of the following:

  • Cholera can result in dehydration and renal failure. The most severe cases can be fatal.
  • Diarrhea, along with the other symptoms, such as fever, nausea, and headaches.
  • Salmonellosis can cause fatal damages if not treated.
  • Shigellosis damages the digestive tract. It results in stomach cramps, vomiting, and more.

Viral Diseases

Water contamination creates a common location for viruses that can multiply quickly. Consumption of these viruses can result in:

  • Gastroenteritis can cause fatal injuries in younger individuals. It typically causes nausea, vomiting, and headaches.
  • Encephalitis may not cause symptoms, but a more susceptible and vulnerable individual may experience paralysis or a coma.
  • Hepatitis causes significant discomfort, jaundice, fever, and more severe problems.

Parasitic Diseases

Consumption of contaminated water may lead to parasitic diseases. One of the most dangerous conditions you may experience is schistosomiasis. This condition can live in the body for many years and cause internal organ damage the entire time.

If you have endured the effects of Camp Lejeune’s water contamination, we want to hear your story. Learn more about our team at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP and how we’re working to fight for the justice our veterans, families, and civilians on Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 deserve.


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