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Parasites and water

I have been reading up on Ecuador and have read several blogs where people have gotten parasites from the food/water. Can anyone give me more information on this? Does pretty much everyone get parasites at some point while living in Cuenca? Is it safe to bring my young (<5 yr old) child? Can the parasites be deadly? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Much Thanks

Drea