Lake Anna Illness: Children Hospitalized After Swimming, E. Coli Suspected

Lake Anna Illness: Children Hospitalized After Swimming, E. Coli Suspected
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Mys­tery sur­rounds the ill­ness of sev­er­al chil­dren who devel­oped kid­ney fail­ure after swim­ming in Lake Anna, Vir­ginia, over Memo­r­i­al Day week­end. The Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Health is inves­ti­gat­ing reports link­ing the ill­ness­es to poten­tial E. coli con­t­a­m­i­na­tion in the lake.

Many teenagers and young chil­dren were hos­pi­tal­ized after expe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms like vom­it­ing and fever fol­low­ing a swim in the pop­u­lar lake. 

A Fauquier Coun­ty moth­er report­ed her 15-year-old daugh­ter – diag­nosed with hemolyt­ic ure­mic syn­drome (HUS), a com­pli­ca­tion of E. coli infec­tion that can cause kid­ney fail­ure – has already under­gone dial­y­sis treatment.

Eight-year-old twins are also receiv­ing treat­ment at Chil­dren’s Nation­al Hos­pi­tal, with one requir­ing blood and platelet transfusions. 

While the inves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues, health offi­cials have con­firmed E. coli cas­es among vis­i­tors to the lake dur­ing the hol­i­day week­end. E. coli is a bac­teri­um com­mon­ly found in con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed water and can cause severe illness.

The Depart­ment of Health urges any­one who vis­it­ed Lake Anna over Memo­r­i­al Day week­end to report any symp­toms of ill­ness. Offi­cials rec­om­mend show­er­ing before and after swim­ming, and avoid­ing swim­ming if expe­ri­enc­ing diar­rhea, to help pre­vent the spread of bacteria.

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