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DocParasit docparasit at aol.com
Wed Apr 14 21:53:52 EST 1999

I agree emphatically with Mr. Feener.  Without getting into a lot of technical
mumbo-jumbo, your best bets are boiling or a commercial backpacking
ceramic-type filter.  Drawbacks:  Boiling is inconvenient, gobbles up precious
backpacking stove fuel and gives water a flat taste. However, it was
appropriate, for example, in Milwaukee when that city had a huge
cryptosporidium outbreak in 1993 (people could conveniently boil water on the
stove at home).  Filters are the way to go for hikers--they're light, use no
fuel and aren't terribly expensive when you look at lifetime costs.

Good luck (and good Scouting)

Bob Garison, DVM, MS
Dipl, American Board of Medical Microbiology (parasitology)

(and Eagle Scout--class of 1977)

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