Tainted Water In New York Spraypark Sickens Hundreds
Nearly 800 people have become infected with a nasty gastrointestinal virus called cryptosporidiosis after exposure at something called a “spraypark” in New York’s Senace Lake Park.
Gastrointestinal illness possibly stemming from a state-run water playground has sickened more than 700 people, mostly children and teenagers, the state Health Department said Thursday. “The numbers are growing significantly,” said department spokesman Rob Kenny.
Seneca Lake Park’s Sprayground, which has water jets shooting up from a hardtop surface, was closed after tests showed the tank system that feeds the water jets was contaminated with a common waterborne disease called cryptosporidiosis. The disease is highly contagious and can cause diarrhea, nausea and fever that can last for weeks. It usually goes away without treatment in healthy individuals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Five of the illnesses from the Sprayground have so far been confirmed as cryptosporidiosis.
No deaths have been associated with the outbreak, and many of the people connected with the outbreak have already recovered, Kenny said.
The Sprayground averages more than a thousand visitors a day in August. It is in the Finger Lakes region, about 45 miles southwest of Syracuse.
Syracuse’s Post-Standard adds more details: More illnesses linked to spraypark
Hundreds of people in an eight-county area suffering the symptoms of an intestinal illness are tracing their sickness to the spraypark at Seneca Lake State Park, state health officials say.
The number continues to grow. Since the Geneva spraypark/intestinal illness connection was first reported earlier this week, a total of 769 adults and children are, or have been, affected by gastrointestinal illness. Some of those experienced symptoms as early as July, but did not report it until this week, according to state Department of Health officials.
Oddly, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has the number at 1738.
Water parks and public swimming pools are well known as incubators for filth. I recall an incident (now six years ago!) where then-Atlanta Braves shortstop Walt Weiss’ son, Brody, was nearly killed from such an infection.
One would think guidelines would be implemented to keep children with soiled diapers, the likely culprit here, out of the water. I suppose it’s easier said than done.