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Cholera closes another Cambridge college

Cambridge TV News

12 February 2061

Students who did not boil the water they cleaned their teeth with were blamed for yet another outbreak of cholera, this time closing St Clegg’s College, and bringing the total of Cambridge colleges closed to five.

So far this year more than 250 students have been notified as having the disease, with eight dying. This is considerably fewer than the toll last year of 1,705 cases and 18 deaths.

Now that tap water is no longer chlorinated, it is up to individuals to see that all water they put into their mouths is boiled” said the Chief EcoMedical Officer for Cambridge.

“We expected there to be an upsurge in water-borne diseases once we ceased chlorination, but that was seen as a small price to pay to put an end to the chemical poisoning of water supplies with this deadly gas, not to mention the cancer-forming organochlorine toxins it produces” he added.

“I accept that cholera is a problem, but there have been far fewer cases of typhoid and meningitis than our opponents predicted.”

This year Cambridge has recorded only 345 cases of typhoid (5 deaths) and 123 of meningitis (55 deaths) in the town, remarkably low for a city of this size. It is attributed to the citizens’ willingness to adopt the EcoGovernment’s ‘boil all water’ campaign. However, chemists were quick to point out that in London the current outbreak of cholera threatens to exceed 1 million cases and 10,000 deaths, repeating what happened following Greenpeace’s successful campaign to end water chlorination in Peru in the 1990s.