49 men and women who swam in Lake Nokomis fell ill – Twin Cities


A total of 49 men and women who not too long ago swam in Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis became ill afterward, state Overall health Division officials stated Friday.

The announcement comes just two days following officials disclosed 3 instances exactly where young children who swam in the lake had been diagnosed with an E. coli-connected illness. Illness investigators from the Minnesota Division of Overall health stated just about every individual who fell ill swam at the lake in between July 16 and Aug. 11.

Each young children and adults had been sickened by the bacteria. About 20 % of the instances involved young children beneath 10 years old. None of the swimmers had been hospitalized.

Overall health officials say a spike in identified illnesses is not uncommon following an outbreak is announced. The Overall health Division identified most of the new instances by surveying groups of swimmers who applied the beaches from mid-July to mid-August.

There ought to be no reported illnesses for at least 16 days in order for wellness officials to decide the bacteria stopped spreading.

Nokomis beaches will stay closed for the rest of the swimming season, Minneapolis park board officials stated.


Symptoms of an E. coli-connected illness consist of diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever. Any individual who has knowledgeable these symptoms should really not swim in any physique of water, officials warn. The Overall health Division and Minneapolis park board want any one who visited the lake in the previous month to comprehensive an on the web survey.

Overall health officials say men and women can reduce their dangers in any lake by:

  • Not swallowing lake water.
  • Avoiding lakes shortly following a rainfall.
  • Washing hands following swimming, and ahead of consuming.

IT IS Taking place ON OTHER LAKES As well

Lake Nokomis is a single of many metro-location lakes exactly where beaches closed this summer season due to higher E. coli levels.

Harmful levels of E. coli bacteria prompted earlier beach closures on McCarrons Lake in Roseville, Tanners Lake in Oakdale, Carver Lake in Woodbury, two places on Bde Maka Ska, and 3 other lakes in the west metro.

It is suspected — but not however established — to be the culprit in a Lake Minnetonka incident July four which sickened additional than 120 men and women.

The Minneapolis park board notes that seven beaches are nonetheless open via Labor Day, like two at Lake Harriet. Dozens of pools are also open.


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