Milwaukee marks 20 years since Cryptosporidium outbreak
For days, Paula Schultz of Milwaukee struggled with intestinal problems.
Battling worse diarrhea than she had ever experienced, Schultz turned on the tap to counter the extreme loss of fluids.
She asked her husband, Chris, to pick up some Imodium to relieve her symptoms.
"He went several places but the shelves were empty," she recalled. Then she knew "a lot of other people were sick, too."
First hundreds, then thousands and tens of thousands of people in the Milwaukee area struggled with the same relentless, watery diarrhea 20 years ago this month in an epidemic that ultimately prompted dramatic changes in how the city treats its water.
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