What are the symptoms of water-borne illness?

Symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and possible jaundice and associated headaches and fatigue.  Symptoms may appear as early as a few hours to several days after infection and may last more than two weeks.  These symptoms, however, are not just associated with disease-causing organisms in drinking water; they may also be caused by several other factors.  Contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you are experiencing these.

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1. What does a "boil order" mean?
2. If I'm under a boil order, how long should I boil my water?
3. Why are boil orders called?
4. Can I drink the water?
5. Can I wash my hands?
6. Can I shower or take a bath?
7. How do I wash my dishes?
8. Can I wash clothes?
9. Can my pets drink the water?
10. Is it safe to breast feed during the boil order after bathing in the water?
11. Are vending machines that mix drinks safe? (e.g., coffee, tea & hot chocolate machines)
12. What happens if you drink contaminated water?
13. What are the symptoms of water-borne illness?
14. How long will the boil order remain in effect?