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E. Coli Outbreak Closes Lake Nokomis For Rest of Season

The Minnesota Department of Health identified 49 people so far who became ill after swimming at Lake Nokomis. The Minnesota Department of Health identified 49 people so far who became ill after swimming at Lake Nokomis. |  Photo: WDIO

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Updated: August 17, 2019 10:04 AM

Nokomis beaches will remain closed for the rest of the swimming season after Disease investigators at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) identified 49 people who became ill with diarrhea after swimming at Lake Nokomis.

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The total includes the three initial lab-confirmed cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) announced Wednesday.

The cases include both children and adults. About 20% of the cases are for kids younger than 10 years old. In all of the cases people became ill after swimming at the lake between July 16 and Aug. 11. However, no one has been hospitalized.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) officials said the Nokomis beaches will remain closed for the rest of the swimming season as caution.

Health officials said they would need to see no illnesses reported for at least 16 days before they could say there was no longer a risk of STEC spreading through water at the beaches.

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of STEC infection such as diarrhea (often bloody), stomach cramps, no or low-grade fever, should see a health care provider.

The MDH and MPRB are asking anyone who visited Lake Nokomis from mid-July through mid-August to complete a brief MDH online survey.

Health officials remind all Minnesotans that anyone who has diarrhea should not go swimming in any body of water.

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