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Illness Among Swimmers Prompts County to Close Lake Elmo Park Reserve Swimming Pond

Swimmers have reported having diarrhea after being in the pond, according to a Washington County news release.

Recent illnesses among swimmers has prompted the closure of the pond at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Washington County announced Thursday, July 26.

The pond will be closed for at least a day to allow for treatment for a “potential protozoan,” according to the release.

It hasn’t yet been determined if swimmers who experienced diarrhea picked up the bug while swimming in the pond, but county officials have opted to “super chlorinate” the pond to eradicate the bug, if it is in the water.

“Park visitor safety is our main concern,” John Elholm, parks director, said in the release.

None of the cases have required hospitalization for the swimmers.

“Two people with laboratory confirmed cases of Cryptosporidium (crypto) reported swimming at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve swim pond in the two weeks prior to their onset of illness,” reads the release. “There are also two additional laboratory confirmed cases of Cryptosporidium in people who reported swimming at the Lake Elmo swim pond just outside of their incubation period; it is possible that these cases could also be related.”

County Public Health and Environment staff will also provide education and signs to inform people that anyone who has diarrhea should not be swimming while they have diarrhea and for two weeks after symptoms resolve, according to the release.

Washington County also provided a link for more information about healthy swimming.

Taylor Kneubuhler July 26, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Great....I just went swimming there yesterday!
Kris Janisch July 26, 2012 at 05:40 PM
You feeling OK Tayor?
Hannah Gruber (Editor) July 26, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Oh no! I've never heard of something like this happening before. Crazy!
Bridget Hammond July 26, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I also went yesterday with my two boys...feeling ok so far. Yikes.
Mark St. Michel July 26, 2012 at 07:28 PM
We were there for 4 hours last Saturday. No ill effects so far.
Tim Schilling July 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
not surprising
Oakdale Re$ident July 27, 2012 at 01:21 PM
This is totally not surprising. I haven't taken my kids there in 3 years and never will again. We were there once and someone defecated in the water, the life guards literally walked over with a little sand bucket titled 'poop pail', scooped it out and went about their day! There was no clearing of the water or any consideration of health concern. I have heard of other pools all out closing for the rest of the day if someone defecates in the water! GROSS!!!
Kate42 July 29, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I agree!!! Total cesspool! Will never let my kids swim there! Went there a few years ago and had a similar experience! Plus some nasty rude people!

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