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8/1/2013

Klineline Pond closed to swimmers to prevent illness

Salmon Creek Regional Park, spray feature, to remain open

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Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer
Phone: (360) 397-8412
alan.melnick@clark.wa.gov

Brian potter
Phone: (360) 487-8323
brian.potter@cityofvancouver.us

Vancouver, WA – Clark County Public Health and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation closed Klineline Pond to swimmers Thursday. Routine water testing showed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria, which can cause serious gastrointestinal illness if water is accidentally swallowed.

Salmon Creek Regional Park, the spray feature and restrooms remain open and safe to use because they have a separate source of water.

“One of the best ways to reduce the spread of E. coli in swimming areas is to ensure that children who are not potty-trained stay out of the water,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer. “Swim diapers are not reliable, and we discourage their use.”

The health warning will remain in effect until tests show that E. coli levels do not exceed Washington state and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

Anyone having contact with water in Klineline Pond should wash hands with soap and warm water. Park visitors may continue to fish in the pond, but should thoroughly clean all fish and equipment. Fish should be cooked before they are eaten.

Public Health will test the pond daily and advise the public when water contact is considered safe again. Closure information and testing results are posted at http://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/pools/beaches.html.

Public Health will continue routine water quality testing throughout the summer at Klineline Pond, Lacamas Lake, Vancouver Lake and Battle Ground Lake.

About E. coli
E. coli is a common bacteria that lives in the intestines of animals and people. The presence of E. coli in Klineline Pond water indicates the water may contain bacteria found in animal or human feces. Some of these bacteria can cause severe gastrointestinal illness.

Depending on the cause, people with gastrointestinal infections may experience fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, beginning several hours to several days or longer after exposure. Some infections, such as E. coli 0157:H7, may cause bloody diarrhea. Taking antibiotics or over-the-counter, anti-diarrhea medicines can make some infections worse. People who experience bloody diarrhea or persistent gastrointestinal symptoms should contact a physician or other health care provider.

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