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Dozens are ill and 3 are hospitalized for fecal exposure in a water park: CDC

A fun day in the sun turned into a nightmare for some midwestern vacationers.

Fecal-Contaminated Splash Dozens of people felt sick after playing with his pad,found by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Originating at a wildlife theme park in Kansas, 27 people have fallen ill with his latest outbreak involving two separate, fecal-borne pathogens, shigella and norovirus. CDC stated at . Weekly report of morbidity and mortality on Friday.

Shigella causes an infection called Shigella. Shigella causes bloody diarrhea, fever, stomach pain, and a physical urge to defecate even when the intestines are empty. Similarly, norovirus infection is also known to cause abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and vomiting.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment initially alerted the CDC about three shigellosis patients who visited the park on June 18, which led to further investigation.

They found that an outbreak of Shigella occurred on June 11, 2021 with 21 guests all under the age of 15. Then, on June 18, he had six more guests contracted norovirus. 38 years old.

The CDC said splash pads aren't regulated and don't always get disinfected.
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Subsequently, an average of three dysentery patients were hospitalized3 No deaths were recorded for the day.

Although the CDC has assured that playing in splash pad water is not necessarily associated with illness, guests are reminded to avoid consuming water from public swimming pools. I am warning you.

Splash pads provide fountains for playing in the water and help reduce the risk of drowning by keeping standing water off the main play area is designed to Health regulations required by most 'water facilities'. This means that some splash pads do not follow the same hygiene rules as other water park attractions.

Kansas Park's splash pad, complete with jets, tipping buckets and slides, is not equipped with an automated system to maintain the correct chlorine concentration and leaves standing water in a tank overnight. I was able to do. It is continuously recirculated, filtered and chlorinated. Instead, according to a CDC report, the reservoir water was filtered and disinfected only immediately before it was reused at opening the next day.

The Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) consulted with the CDC. coded the park. — so we were able to reopen the splash pad on July 24th.

In this case, the outbreak was confined to the Kansas Wildlife Park, but the CDC recommends staying out of the water if you have symptoms of diarrhea and showering before entering the water. increase. Drink water, take your child for bathroom breaks, and check diapers every hour.

They also should not swallow water, poop or pee in water, sit or stand on jets.