vielsalm - The river Ourthe contains too many harmful bacteria. That has revealed water analyzes that were taken after dozens of young campers became sick last month. The Walloon government has set a swim ban.
Several Flemish poopers and other youth associations who bivaced at the river or its side branches in the Belgian Ardennes broke their vacation in July because of massive bowel and bowel complaints in the children and the leadership. They had washed the river water or were in it.
The water was especially low in the tributaries and was also warm, which appeared to be a good diet for the harmful bacteria. This is confirmed by the tests. The swim ban applies for an indefinite period.