Close to 80,000 people are confirmed dead because of last weekend's earthquake and tsunami. But one big problem for survivors is finding non-contaminated water to drink.
Neogen, a Lansing-based company, produces two kits which check for things like ecoli and other bacteria in water supplies. Two aspects of the kits make them very attractive to the disaster areas. First, they don't require skilled workers. One works very much like a basic paper litmus test. Second, they're relatively cheap at around $5 a piece.
Regions hit by the tsunamis are hard pressed to find clean water because supplies have been contaminated by debris, and in some cases waste products. Also, the warm, humid temperatures are good breeding grounds for bacteria.