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

July 19th, 2007

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.

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