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  • MN: 49 cases tied to E. coli outbreak at Lake Nokomis

    Source: https://www.austindailyherald.com/20...-lake-nokomis/

    49 cases tied to E. coli outbreak at Lake Nokomis
    By Minnesota Public Radio
    Published 9:11 am Saturday, August 17, 2019
    By Mike Moen

    The Minnesota Department of Health announced Friday it has identified 49 illnesses that are linked to a recent outbreak of E. coli at Lake Nokomis. Three of those cases, in children, were confirmed by lab tests earlier in the week.

    The department said the remaining suspected cases involve people who became ill with diarrhea after swimming at the Minneapolis lake.

    “They meet our case definition that we use during an outbreak situation. So, we do not know for sure that these additional individuals have this same strain of E. coli. These are just individuals who also report diarrhea,” said Trisha Robinson, supervisor for the Health Department’s Waterborne Diseases Unit.

    The department said most of the new cases were identified through a survey sent to swimmers who used the beaches from mid-July through mid-August. Visitors to Nokomis during that time are still being asked to fill out the survey...
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