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If there was a water main break and someone accidentally

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If there was a water main break and someone accidentally drank a cup of untreated water, I understand that could cause vomitting and diahrea. Could a glass of untreated water cause cancer?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Pauline replied 7 years ago.

Untreated water can certainly cause a gastric upset due to ingestion of infective organisms. This would be treated in the normal way for a gastric infection with supportive care, plenty of fluids etc.

It will not cause cancer.

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