Health warning as ‘worst illness and stomach ache’ hits hundreds in city

An investigation is underway after hundreds of people were struck down by the “worst illness and stomach pains”. The suspected cyptosporidium outbreak has hit the seaside town of Brixham in Devon.

The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) is leading the investigation, the Mirror reports, but full details of the outbreak have yet to be confirmed. It comes after numerous reports were made on social media.

People say they suffered from severe watery diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite and mild fever, some lasting up to two weeks. While the investigation is ongoing, South West Water (SWW) has sought to reassure local residents after their tests on the quality of drinking water in Brixham came back clear.

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A spokesman for South West Water said: “We are aware of social media posts regarding the quality of drinking water in the Brixham area and want to reassure customers that the water supply is safe to continue to use in normal mode.

“We did the cryptosporidium sampling and testing and all the results came back clear. We always monitor our drinking water supplies carefully and are supporting the UK Health Safety Agency with their investigations.”

According to Devon Live, the exact number of cryptosporidium cases remains unclear. The Brixham Fish Town Facebook page has been inundated with posts and complaints from locals citing symptoms.