Tiny killers of the zombie apocalypse

giardia_lambliaSo your bug out plan was a success and you’ve gone into hiding in a remote area of the wilderness. Not far from your cabin is a clear lake that looks as though it has never been touched by human hands. You enjoy a cool, refreshing drink. Then you die.

No, it wasn’t a zombie hiding in the water. It was something much, much smaller but just as lethal.

Everyone knows that it’s a bad idea to drink untreated water in an urban environment, but what many fail to realize is that it is equally risky to drink water from “pristine” wilderness locations.

Why? The simple answer is protozoa. If you had a high school biology class you might remember watching these little guys through a microscope as they swam around in a drop of scummy pond water. The fact is they can live in clear water too.

There are a number of kinds of protozoa, but there are several in particular that do nasty things to people.

This article appears in its entirety in Zombie Apocalypse Monthly Issue 1 and can be downloaded for free here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/391061

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