Mineral water to blame for stomach bug?

Sep 26, 2012, 07:58 IST | AFP

A local drinking water supplier strongly defended its product even as World Twenty20 organisers jettisoned their bottled water after several players went down with stomach flu

Laugfs Aqua System said they had asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) for samples of suspect bottles of water, but got no immediate response except a statement that their product was off the table. “We have done our own tests and confirmed that there is nothing wrong with our water,” LAUGFS general manager Chaminda Wijesinghe told AFP. “We asked the ICC to give us water samples but we have got no response yet.”

He said players and officials may also have consumed bottles from other suppliers rather than LAUGFS mineral water while staying at Sri Lankan hotels. “We don’t know what caused the problem but I can tell you it is not our water,” Wijesinghe said. “I am drinking it all the time.”

Several players from New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa and Australia have reportedly been treated for stomach bugs since their arrival in Sri Lanka, with Kiwi Tim Southee requiring hospital treatment for dehydration. An ICC spokesman said that the brand of bottled water used by players and officials had been replaced. Players were supplied with a locally-produced American branded mineral water during training Tuesday. Since Thursday, there had been no reports of stomach flu.

“Although there is no evidence to suggest that water was the cause of any illness, the product supplied for use in the tournament has been replaced,” the spokesman said.

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