72 illnesses now linked to Goodhue County campground

72 illnesses now linked to Goodhue County campground

ZUMBROTA, Minn. – Investigators now say at least 72 people were sickened by a waterborne illness outbreak at a Goodhue County campground.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says the people were infected by Cryptosporidium and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) at the Shades of Sherwood Campground. The first illness happened on July 1 and the most recent sickness took place on August 3.

“Clearly there was contamination associated with this site and transmission has been occurring for some time,” said MDH Infectious Disease Division Director Kris Ehresmann. “We cannot say for certain what the original source of contamination may have been, but we have evidence that ill people were swimming in the facility’s various water features while still shedding the pathogens and reintroducing them into the features over time. That is why it is so important for people to not swim anywhere while they have diarrhea or for two weeks after symptoms of infection with cryptosporidiosis or STEC have stopped.”

The Department of Health says they are working with the owner of the campground and he has taken several safety steps on the recommendation of health officials: