Klineline Pond still closed after tests find E. coli

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Klineline Pond is still off-limits to swimmers after testing showed fecal matter and E. coli in the pond water, said Theresa Cross, spokeswoman for Clark County Public Health. She said unsafe levels of bacteria were found in water samples taken Thursday.

The pond was closed Wednesday after public health officials traced several cases of an intestinal bacterial infection to the bacteria in the water, according to a news release. The first case of infection by the Shigellosis sonnei bacteria was reported July 17. Infection typically lasts three to 10 days and is spread through exposure to fecal matter, so it’s important to wash hands after changing diapers or coming into contact with fecal matter.

Park visitors can keep fishing in the pond, but should thoroughly clean all fish and equipment, according to public health officials. Fish should be cooked and not eaten raw.

Anyone who had contact with Klineline Pond water between June 27 and July 25 and is experiencing bloody diarrhea, fever and cramping abdominal pain is asked to call 800-203-7491 and seek medical care.

Clark County Public Health will continue to monitor and test the pond water. Once test results indicate the water is safe, Klineline will be re-opened for swimming and wading.