Beaches closed after 29 swimmers sickened at Cowans Gap

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 23, 2015 11:34 AM



(Fort Loudon) --  State officials have closed the beaches at a central Pennsylvania state park after at least 29 swimmers were sickened with norovirus, possibly from E. coli bacteria in the water.

Those sickened swam in the lake July 18 or 19. The lake and beach at Cowans Gap State Park have been closed to swimmers, though fishing and boating are still permitted. The park straddles the border of Franklin and Fulton counties.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says unsafe E. coli levels closed the lake for three days earlier this month.

E. coli are bacteria found in animal and human waste. The bacteria can taint waterways when heavy rains cause runoff carrying the waste.

Norovirus causes stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

Published in News

Tagged under , , , ,

back to top

Post a comment

Comments: 1

  • Flash img 2015-07-23 21:34

    As our streams and rivers are distressed republicans have weakened the presidents' clean energy policy that presents greater risk to the health and safety of people, particularly children and the elderly.

Give Now

Estate Planning

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Smart Talk

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »