Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Water Purifiers
Re: Water Purifiers
James H. Moss
Fri, 30 Oct 1998 14:49:46 -0700
Iodine will not kill the spore types of protozoa like Giardia and
Cryptosporidium - BUT, your basic PUR hiker or Explorer will
filter them out.
Neither the PUR HIker or the Explorer rely on their filters to remove any
dangerous items. They rely on their iodine to kill items. The "filters" in
everything but Relags and the Katadyn are only purifiers, not filters.
A comment on Giardia. The US solution is a prescription drug call flagyl.
You take 6 pills over three days for it to work. In most 3rd world
countries you can buy a drug that works in one day, 2 pills. It is not
approved here in the US because there are not enough cases of Giardia to
warrant the cost. I will check my first aid kit and get the name of the
pill for any of you who are interested.
Yours in Scouting
12340 W. Alameda Pkwy., Lakewood, CO 80228-2841
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