McLennan County, TX (FOX 44) – UPDATE: The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District says as of August 10th, 25 people have complained of E.coli-like symptoms potentially linked to the Playdium pool in West, Texas. This is up from the original report of 19.
Public health officials say they inspected the pool August 4th and it passed with acceptable water quality and no fecal contamination. State authorities are now involved.
FOX 44 News reached out to Playdium Pool for a comment about the investigation.
We’re cooperating and have been in high contact with the health department. There has been no evidence of fecal contamination coming from our facility and that the water’s pH and chlorine levels are within acceptable ranges on multiple occasions. For extra precautions we have been working around the clock cleaning and disinfecting our entire facility. We pride ourselves in providing a safe and fun environment for our community. “Playdium Pool
“We started getting reports of complaints that people visited the location and had several gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, nausea,” said Waco-McLennan County senior epidemiologist Vaidehi Shah.
Shah says most individuals developed E.coli symptoms between July 29 – August 3.
90 percent of the cases are from July 29.
After Playdium pool passed its inspection on August 4, the public health district believes it was a point exposure outbreak.
“E.coli, it can be transmitted either by contaminated water or by contaminated food. It’s possible that at that point in time, when the exposure happened, it’s possible that the pool was contaminated, or there was a food source that was contaminated that could have caused people to fall sick,” said Shah.
Shah says the pool was just inspected in June.
“To answer your question, we generally don’t get reports of this strain of E.coli, so, yeah, it’s not that often,” said Shah.
To stop E.coli from spreading, owner of Clearwater Pools Rudy Garza says to shock the pool, backwash pool filters on a weekly basis, and keep contaminants out the water.
“If you were going to have children come over, if they’re in diapers, have a diaper policy set in place, and make sure that those diapers for infants are being changed before coming to the pool,” said Garza.
The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District says its an ongoing investigation and they may receive more cases.