Health officials warn patrons of Water World in Federal Heights who entered the park between Monday and Wednesday may be sickened by contaminated water from an irrigation pond after a power outage and equipment failure.

Anyone who drank water from concession stands or drinking fountains or swam in pools and slides could be at risk of a sickness, according to a public notice by Gary Sky, spokesman for Tri-County Health Department.

Health department officials say drinking the untreated water could cause symptoms that include vomiting, diarrhea and fever.

“We are notifying the public out of an abundance of caution so that guests can be aware of any symptoms from ingesting untreated water,” said Dr. John Douglas, executive director of the health department.

The water park is closed Thursday but will reopen Friday.

The agency says a power outage and a broken water valve at the park likely allowed water to pour from the pond into the park’s main water supply.

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Officials say Water World visitors experiencing these symptoms should contact the state Department of Public Health and their doctors.

“The problem has been corrected, so any possible exposure was limited to (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday),” Douglas said.

He added that no one has reported getting sick.

Pathogens sometimes found in untreated water include norovirus, giardia, E. coli, cryptosporidium and hepatitis A.

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Source:: The Denver Post – News


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