Archive for July, 2007

July 19, 2007: Number of People Ill From West Chester University Pool Climbs

Cryptosporidium, Giardia and norovirus are responsible for making pool staffers, swimmers and their family members sick, even if they didn’t go in the water. West Chester University has gotten 123 reports of children who are sick, as well as 8 reports of secondary sickness in parents or caregivers as a result of the contagious nature of these illnesses. Fourteen of a total of 38 pool workers have gotten sick as well.

Meanwhile, the Chester County Health Department in Pennsylvania has collected over 100 samples from individuals who are ill. The samples have been sent to state labs for testing. Tests have already shown the presence of norovirus in the pool water and the parasites Cryptosporidium and Giardia in stool samples.

The pool, which was shut down by the health department on July 11, remains closed. The pool and surrounding areas are being disinfected, and the university is investigating pool procedures.

Both norovirus and the parasites Crytosporidium and Giardia can cause gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps and vomiting. Fever may also be present.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a waterborne parasite, and you have a question about your legal rights, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274 for a free case evaluation, or click on free case evaluation to submit your questions. For more information about Cryptosporidium, visit the pages About Cryptosporidium and Cryptosporidium Symptoms and Complications. For information about Giardia, please click About Giardia and Giardia Symptoms and Complications. To learn more about the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg, which sponsors these and other websites about food poisoning and waterborne illnesses, please click on food poisoning lawyer. For more information about noroviruses, please visit the page “Norovirus Food Poisoning” on the website foodpoisoning.com.

To learn more about current food poisoning outbreaks, please see E. coli Topps, Pot Pie Recall, and E. coli Floyd County.

480 comments July 19th, 2007

July 17, 2007: University Pool in Pennsylvania Closed After 28 People Become Ill

The Chester County (Pennsylvania) Department of Health closed a pool located at West Chester University after swimmers and pool staffers became ill with gastrointestinal symptoms. According to the health department, the illnesses may be the result of contact with Cryptosporidium, Giardia or norovirus.

A 3-year-old who swam at the pool has tested positive for the parasite, Cryptosporidium, while another child has Giardia, both of which are parasites spread by water contaminated by human or animal feces. The health department official said pool water also has been found to contain norovirus.

The most common symptom of cryptosporidiosis, the illness caused by Cryptosporidium, is watery diarrhea, but an infected individual may also experience stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting, fever, dehydration and weight loss.

The director of personal health services for the Chester County Department of Health, Betsy Wells, said that it is more common to encounter these parasites in lakes and ponds, but that they can be found in pools as well.

“Parasites are a lot harder to kill off and much heavier chlorination is needed for a longer period of time and nobody in the pool,” she said.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a waterborne parasite, and you have a question about your legal rights, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274 for a free case evaluation, or click on free case evaluation to submit your questions. For more information about Cryptosporidium, visit the pages About Cryptosporidium and Cryptosporidium Symptoms and Complications. For information about Giardia, click Giardia waterborne and foodborne illness. To learn more about the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg, which sponsors these and other websites about food poisoning and waterborne illnesses, please click food poisoning lawyer. For more information about noroviruses, please click “Norovirus Food Poisoning” or visit the website foodpoisoning.com.

401 comments July 17th, 2007

July 17, 2007 – Water Line Break Possibly Linked to Giardia Contamination

A Carmel, Indiana, resident, who tested positive for the waterborne parasite Giardia, says she was not aware that the city had issued a boil notice after two water line breaks in June and July. After drinking tap water, the woman, who did not want to be identified, became

After the first water line break, Carmel residents were instructed to boil their tap water before drinking it. That message was spread through the media, e-mail and neighborhood networks. After the second break, the city used its reverse 911 system to inform the

Carmel City Council President, Rick Sharp, said that a water line had been cut unexpectedly, leading to the

The resident who became ill with bacterial gastroenteritis expressed her belief that more could be done to inform locals about the need to boil their drinking water:

“I’d like procedures in place when there is some disaster or emergency condition, that the people in Carmel are kept informed, and they can take appropriate action to protect themselves and their family.”

For more news on waterborne and foodborne illnesses, please see Topps Recall, Cargill Recall, and Pot Pie Recall.

302 comments July 17th, 2007

Welcome

What I have learned in well over two decades spent in the pursuit of justice for injured clients is that knowledge is power. Getting the facts about waterborne and foodborne illnesses caused by Giardia and other parasites can help you protect yourself and your family.

That’s why I decided to create this blog. I hope it helps you to better understand the pathogen, Giardia, and to keep abreast of the latest news about outbreaks. I also hope that you become a frequent visitor to this site. Please let me know if there is any way in which I can help you as you navigate through the sometimes difficult and dangerous world of waterborne and foodborne illnesses.

For more information about food, water and consumer safety, also visit: foodpoisoning.com and Cryptosporidium.

Thank you,

Eric H. Weinberg

Attorney

313 comments July 3rd, 2007

About Giardia

Giardia food poisoning is caused by a parasite known as Giardia lamblia or Giardia intestinalis. Giardia is also a common cause of waterborne disease in the United States.

Symptoms of Giardia infection, or Giardiasis, may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, gas, belching, bloating, greasy stools, nausea or upset stomach. Symptoms may occur 1 to 2 weeks after infection, and usually last from 1 to 3 weeks. Weight loss and dehydration may also occur as a result of these symptoms. Some individuals with Giardiasis are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not exhibit symptoms.

Giardia infection occurs when an individual eats food, drinks water, or comes into contact with surfaces or objects contaminated by the parasite or its cysts (a dormant stage in which the parasite is resistant to many adverse environmental conditions allowing it to survive outside the body). Giardia lives in the intestines of infected people or animals, and is excreted in feces. Infection, therefore, is the fecal to oral route.

Common ways of contracting Giardiasis include: eating uncooked food contaminated with Giardia; swallowing contaminated recreational water (e.g., pools, spray parks, ponds) or drinking water; or putting objects or fingers in the mouth that have come into contact with the feces of an infected person or animal.

To diagnose Giardiasis, your doctor will ask you to provide a stool sample, which will be examined for the presence of the Giardia parasite. You may be asked to provide several samples since detecting the parasite, or its cysts can be difficult.

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