Camp Yamhill E.Coli outbreak

Drinking water found to be likely Camp Yamhill disease source
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B.iological A.gents
By Philip Berger – Oregon Department of Health Services/Public Health
June 3, 2005
DHS news release
State and local public health officials have identified water contamination as the likely source of last week’s disease outbreak at Camp Yamhill in Yamhill County, which sickened more than 50 people.
Mel Kohn, M.D., state epidemiologist in the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), said the camp’s water treatment system, which draws water from the North Yamhill River, may have been overwhelmed by surface water run-off caused by recent heavy rainfall.
Kohn said it appears that more than one bacterial contaminant was in the water.
“The laboratory has confirmed cases of both E.coli O157 and Campylobacter, both of which cause diarrhea,” Kohn said. “Those who were infected suffered varying degrees of illness, but we are glad to say that most have recovered.”

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