Possible water contamination at Water World June 11-13

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Updated 06/29/18
 
What happened at Water World?
  • Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are working with Water World in Federal Heights (Adams County) to investigate a possible water contamination event that occurred June 11, 12 and 13.
  • A power outage and subsequent repair of an improperly installed backflow prevention assembly likely allowed water from an irrigation pond to flow into the Water World potable (drinkable) water supply.
  • Untreated water might have contaminated swimming pools and water features, drinking fountains, and might have been used to make ice, drinks and food at all concession stands.
  • Only people who visited Water World on Monday, June 11, Tuesday, June 12, or Wednesday, June 13, could be affected by this event.
Is Water World safe now?
  • Public health agencies have been working with Water World, and appropriate disease control measures are in place at the facility. Public health officials are not aware of any ongoing risk at Water World.
Have people become sick from this?
  • The state and Tri-County health departments continue to investigate whether illness is linked to the June 11-13 incident at Water World. Two people who visited Water World during June 11-13 have been diagnosed with Cryptosporidium infection and one person diagnosed with Giardia infection. Public health officials are investigating whether these illnesses are associated with their visits to Water World.
What types of germs can be spread through contaminated water?
  • A variety of germs can be spread by swallowing contaminated water. Viruses (such as norovirus), bacteria (such as Salmonella and E. coli), and parasites (such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia) are some examples. Some of the germs cause illness within a day, and others can take several days or weeks to cause illness. These germs tend to cause gastrointestinal symptoms, like diarrhea or vomiting. Less commonly, contaminated water may contain germs that could cause skin infections or respiratory infections.
Where can I find out more about these illnesses?
What can I do to stay safe while swimming?
  • Don’t swim when you have diarrhea. Ideally, avoid swimming for two weeks after your diarrhea is over.
  • If you know or suspect you might have Crypto or Giardia, do not swim while you are sick with diarrhea and for two weeks after the diarrhea is gone.
  • Shower before getting in a swimming pool or other water feature (like a splash pad or fountain).
  • Change children’s diapers away from swimming areas.
  • Make sure children take bathroom breaks every hour to lessen the chance they’ll have an accident in the pool.
  • Don’t swallow water when swimming or playing in water features/fountains.
I visited Water World on June 11, 12, or 13 and I’m sick. What should I do?
  • People who are sick after visiting Water World on June 11, 12 or 13 can call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at 303-692-2700. Staff at CDPHE will ask you some questions about your illness. If your symptoms are not getting better, you should call your health care provider. If you are no longer sick, you do not need to contact your health care provider.
  • If you are sick with diarrhea or vomiting, please:
    • Practice good hand washing using soap and hot water and rubbing hands together for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and preparing and eating food.
    • Do not prepare food for others until your symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours.
    • Stay home from work, school, child care or summer camp until your symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours.
    •  Do not work as a health care provider, child care provider or food handler until your symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours.
    •  Do not swim while ill with diarrhea. Ideally, avoid swimming for two weeks after your diarrhea is over.
    • If you know or suspect you might have Crypto or Giardia, do not swim while you are sick with diarrhea and for two weeks after the diarrhea is gone.
    • Avoid sexual activity if you are sick with diarrhea.
​​​I visited Water World on June 11, 12 or 13 and I’m NOT sick. What should I do?
  • People who are NOT sick should monitor themselves for symptoms over the next couple of weeks. At this time, there is no need to call public health or your health care provider.
I visited Water World on a day other than June 11, 12 or 13. What should I do?
  • The contamination event occurred on Monday, June 11, and lasted through Wednesday, June 13. People who visited Water World before June 11 were not affected by this event. If you visited Water World on a day before June 11 and became ill, your illness is not related to this event. If your symptoms are not getting better, you should call your health care provider. However, you do not need to talk to the health department at this time.
  • Public health officials are not aware of any ongoing issues at Water World.
I work at Water World and I’m sick. What should I do?
  • Work with the management at Water World to report your illness. Management is working with Tri-County Health Department to monitor for illness in employees.