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Minn. Health Department, campground owner spar over disease outbreak

Minn. Health Department, campground owner spar over disease outbreak

A waterborne-disease outbreak at a campground near Zumbrota has sickened 72 people, making it one of the largest in the state in recent years, the Minnesota Department of Health said Friday.

The Shades of Sherwood Campground has taken steps recommended by the agency, including hyperchlorinating its swimming pool, closing a nearby man-made pond and posting signs that warn anyone with diarrhea to refrain from swimming.

“We believe that the steps that have been taken at this time would limit ongoing risk,” said Trisha Robinson, supervisor of the waterborne diseases unit at the Health Department.

At the same time, campground owner Mike Thoreson challenged the state’s account of the outbreak, saying most of the cases have not been confirmed by laboratory tests and that the agency hasn’t tested his pool or pond.

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