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Giardia ( 21:52:55 FriMar 7 2008 )

I was just wondering if the pathogen Giardia lambia creates much of a problem in the Klamath. I know not to drink the water straight from the river, but is it safe or somewhat safe to wash your dishes/face/teeth with river water?

Thank you much.

  
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Re: Giardia ( 23:01:10 FriMar 7 2008 )

There is plenty of portable sources Everywhere within 6 miles of each claims. Bring a big Jug or buy one in town. They have all size. I carry a 4 gallon but 2x 4 gallon would be better per person.

I had a shower bag (I used river water) and never had skin problems, the water get really hot during the day, work for me. But there is camping near by with 25cents showers.
One or two in happy camp one in seiad valley. Maybe some others in the few others towns.

I always cleaned my teeth and dishes with potable water, if you get water while breathing underwater spit it. Ask craig about beaver fever he got in Alaska

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Re: Giardia ( 23:25:15 FriMar 7 2008 )

Guardia lambia is a problem in almost all herds of cattle today, and many other animals, and yes there are cows that are raised all along the Klamath river valley. So what kind of advice do you want. If I tell you that I have never been infected with this parasite from the Klamath river, even though I have accidentally ingested large volumes of river water, you would probably get a case the first time you rinse your mouth out. Personal health is an issue that requires the use of common sense, so I would recommend that you use water that is safe for personal hygiene. There are many ways to make water safe for those uses, some are affordable, some are not.
Mark

  
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Re: Giardia ( 16:29:39 SatMar 8 2008 )

So what you're saying is I shouldn't enjoy a nice glass of ice water from the Klamath. Check. I think I'll just fill up my two 6 gallon jugs and stick to good old filtered/chlorinated water from Happy Camp or surrounding campgrounds.

I certainly don't want any little invertebrates living in my intestines during the dredging season.

Thank you all for the help. I have a degree in the biological sciences so perhaps I'll bring my microscope along and try to capture some of the little buggers!!!

  
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Re: Giardia ( 17:51:15 SatMar 8 2008 )

last summer came back from klamath, 2weeks later in hospital, kidneys shutting down, dehydrated,jundise...sick-sick-sick. treated the same as if I had antrax.

  

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