Seneca Lake State Park Sprayground closed after 1,800
people become ill
August 20th, 2005
Seneca Lake State Park in
upstate New York Spray Park was contaminated with the
cryptosporidiosis parasite and has caused nearly 1,800 people to
The New York State Department of
Health has been investigating the illness outbreak and traced the
roots to the 11,000 square – foot Sprayground’s water holding
tanks. The cryptosporidiosis is a parasite that has a strong
protective shell that can survive chlorine disinfectants. If a
person becomes infected by this parasite, it can take up to a week
for the symptoms to occur and can last up to two weeks. The
symptoms are usually diarrhea; some will experience dehydration,
stomach cramps, weight loss, fever, nausea and vomiting.
The State Parks Department has
closed the Sprayground and expects the attraction to be closed the
rest of the year.
This parasite is contagious and
anyone that has been infected should not go swimming to prevent
spreading the parasite. It is also recommended that you should stay
at home if you are sick and wash your hands well.
This is not the first time that
the cryptosporidiosis parasite has contaminated public waters. It
is one of the most common waterborne illnesses for the last two
decades in the United States. The parasite is found in drinking
water as well as recreational water throughout the world.
How the crypto parasite is
spread is by drinking the water that is contaminated, or by the
feces of a person or an animal that is infected and has touched and
eaten the parasite from being unsanitary, not washing fresh fruits
and vegetables thoroughly before eating can also cause the
This is usually not a serious
condition except for young children and pregnant women who are in
danger of becoming dehydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of fluid
during the illness. One way to get fluid is to take small amounts
at regular intervals.
It can be very serious if you
have an immune system that is already severely weakened. You may
have a more life threatening illness and it would be wise to seek
medical attention if this is the case.
It is not uncommon for the
cryptosporidiosis parasite to show up in public swimming pools in
the late summer, and the Seneca Sprayground contamination is not the
only time that this has happened.
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