United States: Local departments of health are currently looking into the case as they have reportedly been given approximately a dozen and a half of reports regarding diseases afflicting individuals, particularly children, who played with water over the holiday, specifically Memorial Day weekend, in a Virginia lake. 

The admitted persons entail people with positive tests for Escherichia coli (E.coli) and people with gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, as highlighted by the Virginia Department of Health press release on 7th June. 

Everyone who had visited Lake Anna and who went there during the holiday was affected, as USA Today reported. 

Know about E. Coli 

Escherichia coli, among the CDC defines them as bacteria that are present in the environment, food and water, foods eaten by people and animals and the gastrointestinal tracts of people and animals

at Lake Anna with friends, Ava Inglett (top right in left photo) was hospitalized with kidney failure. Credit | Wtop
at Lake Anna with friends, Ava Inglett (top right in left photo) was hospitalized with kidney failure. Credit | Wtop

Admittedly, the majority of bacterial strains are harmless, still, some bacteria can cause illness, documented as diarrhea, urinary tract infections (UTI), respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, as per the CDC. 

Fauquier County’s Judy Inglett told WRC-TV that her 15-year-old daughter developed GI symptoms and needed blood transfusions and at least two rounds of dialysis after being admitted to the hospital after she went there. 

Inglett said, “She’s going through all these things that never in a million years would I have imagined that my daughter would be dealing with,” and, “There’s something in the water that’s making all these kids sick.” 

How do evaluation and treatment is done? 

The health officials, upon investigation, revealed that clinical evaluation and patient treatments have been ongoing, where the possible causes of the illnesses include lake water and food exposures. 

The report said, “While all the ill people confirm swimming or other water exposures in Lake Anna, VDH does not have enough information, at this time, to confirm that exposure to the lake, or any specific portion of the lake, is the cause of the illnesses,” as USA Today reported. 

Tests of water in Lake Anna 

As of Thursday, there was no warning to swim or boat at Lake Anna, but the health department noted that more test results concerning the lake water are being carried out this week to establish if there is a public health concern or if it is persistent. 

However, the health department was found to be advising that one should be careful when swimming in the lake. 

The Rappahannock Health District Health Director Olugbenga Obasanjo said, “We hope that those hospitalized continue to recover and can return home to their families soon,” as USA Today reported. 

“This is an ongoing investigation with the health department, and we will likely continue to learn about the situation in the coming days,” he continued. 

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