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The Municipalité de Saint-Bernard, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region of Québec issued a boil water advisory (BWA) on July 17, 2018. The advisory simply instructed residents to "boil water and keep it boiling for a minute before consuming." The regular instructions were provided, though no reason was given.

On July 18, 2018, the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de Chaudière-Appalaches (CISSS) issued a statement that provided a reason for the BWA. It stated that "several cases of Campylobacter infection have been reported to the public health department since Friday, July 13, 2018, for people living in the Municipality of Saint-Bernard."

It also explained that the reason for the BWA was "the investigation into the situation had revealed that campylobacter could be involved." It underlined the importance of respecting the notice.

Mireille Gaudreau, Publicist with CISSS Chaudière-Appalaches, said "11 cases campylobacter infections have been reported," while there are some cases still under investigation.

Gaudreau explained that "the ministère de l'Environnement is carrying out water analyses in the sector." She added that "the source of the contamination has not yet been officially identified, though cases [of infection] have ceased since we issued the boil water advisory on July 17."

When asked if there could be industry nearby that could have contributed to the situation Gaudreau replied "we are continuing our investigation and have no confirmation at this moment."

The CISSS statement describes campylobacter is a bacteria (or microbe) that infects the intestine causing campylobacteriosis. Symptoms range from weakness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea which sometimes contains blood. Symptoms usually manifest themselves within 2-14 days after infection and can last up to 5 days.

Infections can be caused by consuming raw milk, as well as improperly cooked meat and chicken.

We attempted to contact the Municipal offices of Saint-Bernard, at the time of publishing they had yet to respond to our request for comment.


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