Disease hits island's only public school
Chief Health Inspector Lionel Michael told The Associated Press that 40
island's 1,500 people have become sick since February 25. Preschool to Grade Five
of the Holy Trinity School was closed because so many students were sick.
Officials suspect the town's water supply, piped from a treatment plant
cisterns, may be contaminated by droppings from cows and donkeys that roam the
Michael and a team of health officials collected 18 water samples for testing
schools, hotels, restaurants, homes and public offices on Thursday. They also took
stool samples from affected people.
A few companies on sister island Antigua have been shipping bottled water
Codrington, the town on Barbuda.
But health officials say that is not enough.
"There is a need for supplies for the disinfecting of the water that the
from pipes and store in their cisterns," said Michael.
Three years ago, the government had considered building a reverse osmosis
treatment plant, but objections were raised that residue from the plant would run
off into a fish hatchery.
Copyright 2002 The Associated Press.