Water park patrons report feeling sick

Water park patrons report feeling sick

There are 30 comments on the WNYT Albany story from Mar 18, 2008, titled Water park patrons report feeling sick. In it, WNYT Albany reports that:

Some visitors of the indoor water park at the Great Escape Lodge in Lake George may be feeling under the weather.

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MYBOYSMOM

Albany, NY

#1 Mar 18, 2008
We visited the park on 2/10/08, my youngest complained of his eyes burning so badly he couldn't open them, and wasn't relieved until hours after leaving the park. My oldest was fine, but I did notice an usual amount of children vomiting through out the park that day. When I was approached by a staff member questioning the well being of my son, beacuse he was crying while i was trying to relieve his eye pain with a cool compress, and exiting the park, he said that reaction was common and not unusual for the park....I WON'T be returning.
Dede

Albany, NY

#2 Mar 18, 2008
MYBOYSMOM wrote:
We visited the park on 2/10/08, my youngest complained of his eyes burning so badly he couldn't open them, and wasn't relieved until hours after leaving the park. My oldest was fine, but I did notice an usual amount of children vomiting through out the park that day. When I was approached by a staff member questioning the well being of my son, beacuse he was crying while i was trying to relieve his eye pain with a cool compress, and exiting the park, he said that reaction was common and not unusual for the park....I WON'T be returning.
Better start taking either a flu shot or starting being more healthy
Kaili

United States

#3 Mar 18, 2008
Dede wrote:
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Better start taking either a flu shot or starting being more healthy
He was not sick.
It sounds like there was probably too much
chlorine in the water.That would explain burning eyes.As for the sick bellies and vomiting of other children,possibly the combination of chemicals in the water could do that.
NYMom

AOL

#4 Mar 18, 2008
Chances are they had to put a lot of chlorine in the water to fight the bacteria that is inevitably in there.

Judging from the amount of illness being reported coming out of there, it would seem it still isn't enough.

You couldn't PAY me enough to swim in one of those indoor water parks. They are teeming with coliform bacteria, ecoli, viruses, etc. Especially in the winter months when people are ill and don't know enough to stay home or keep their sick children out of the water.

It's like swimming in bacterial soup. YUMMY!

They should shut the place down unless/until they meet more stringent standards for testing and treating the water. If they even can.
READ IT

Albany, NY

#5 Mar 18, 2008
The NYS Department of Health ran tests and found there to be no reason to close down the water park. Everything is fine its flu season being around the people is worse than the water I promise you that.
Kaili

United States

#6 Mar 18, 2008
NYMom wrote:
Chances are they had to put a lot of chlorine in the water to fight the bacteria that is inevitably in there.
Judging from the amount of illness being reported coming out of there, it would seem it still isn't enough.
You couldn't PAY me enough to swim in one of those indoor water parks. They are teeming with coliform bacteria, ecoli, viruses, etc. Especially in the winter months when people are ill and don't know enough to stay home or keep their sick children out of the water.
It's like swimming in bacterial soup. YUMMY!
They should shut the place down unless/until they meet more stringent standards for testing and treating the water. If they even can.
you are so right.
we swim in our own pool and that is it.
Got sick too

Hillsborough, NJ

#7 Mar 18, 2008
While I understand that the Great Escape would want to attribute this outbreak to "flu season," I can assure you that the illness that was contracted by dozens of people, including myself, is not influenza. Although your article stated that "the Department of Health has ...not found any reason to close the facility," I would like to add to that sentence the work "YET." I will be very surprised if the offending microorganism is NOT a highly contagious GI virus, and even more surprised if the facility is not closed for at least a short period to decontaminate.
Amanda Harrington

United States

#8 Mar 18, 2008
Well, when i went to The Great Escape water park(sunday) ,i thought it was going to be a great day after all that great swimming.But, when my friend and family had left,that day,I started getting a slight headache.The following day(monday), i woke up with a really bad headache and didnt go to school.Later in the day, i had a stomach ache.Later that night i had a stomach ache so bad, i was crying and just fell asleep.
Amanda Harrington

United States

#9 Mar 18, 2008
I went on the 16th
Sally

Latham, NY

#10 Mar 18, 2008
There is a nasty stomach virus going around.
I had it about 10 days ago for 4-5 days. I was very sick-headache, stomach cramps, diarrhea and nausea.
This does sound like a virus. Feel better everyone.
MMT

United States

#11 Mar 18, 2008
I also believe that the sickness is NOT the flu. My 4 year old son has been sick since we left the water park on Monday. Not sick with flu symptoms, but diarrhea and vomiting.
smith

Queensbury, NY

#12 Mar 18, 2008
my friend is a emploee there and called me sunday night and said he was sick to his stomach and couldn't join us for dinner on monday and he saw lots of sick people on suday while working there he had to leave early he was so sick and he dosn't get sick evere so that shoulsd say say somthing about the park the place is a germ magnet and should have more stringent requirments for health codes.
Glenmont resident

Cleveland, OH

#13 Mar 18, 2008
We were at the water park a few weeks ago and thought that the chlorine levels in the lazy river may have been way too high. All of us (and there were 22 of us) would cough frequently and involuntarily while in the lazy river. I think it was from excessive chlorine vapors in the air.
Nan

Gansevoort, NY

#14 Mar 18, 2008
We went w/ 3 other families the weekend of the 7th. My son coughed while in the lazy river to the point of vomiting (not in the river, thankfully). Another child suffered from burning eyes. We figured out after the 1st night there that the lazy river had way too much chlorine in it, but it obviously has to have a ton to kill virus/ bacteria existing in the water. We thought better ventilation would have been a plus. It's a lot of money to spend to be uncomfortable.
sick mom

Syracuse, NY

#15 Mar 18, 2008
My family and I were some of those people who got sick last weekend at the Lodge Water Park. I did not have the "flu". I am in contact with the Health Dept, so we should know soon.
NYMom

AOL

#16 Mar 18, 2008
The NYS Department of Health ran tests and found there to be no reason to close down the water park. Everything is fine its flu season being around the people is worse than the water I promise you that.
It is my understanding that no official report has been released yet.

Bacteria and viruses that cause GI disturbances are highly contageous and often can be found in community pools. The water park would be no exception. Also, even a few children who are not 100% potty trained can contaminate the water:

http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/r9907...

Chlorine can kill some of it, but not all of it.
sick as a dog

Rensselaer, NY

#17 Mar 19, 2008
we were up this past weekend also. my child was very sick on saturday night and had to go to medicall on sunday to get an intravenous from being dehyrdrated from being so sick from the night before. all she has not been to school all week because of these symptoms that are not going away. As to back to the doctor's today. I was also sick and feeling like crap today. The people in my group were also sick. Never will I waste my money again.
Bugged

United States

#18 Mar 19, 2008
This was not the flu! The Health Dept told me they had over 100 calls from people who had been at the water park last weekend -- all reporting stomach illnesses. My seven-year-old started vomiting about midnight on Sunday. She is not a "pukey" kid, and has only thrown up about 3 times in her life. After my daughter vomited, the lodge had no spare towels to give us because so many people had gotten sick.

THEY ALSO SHUT DOWN THE LAZY RIVER AND TREE HOUSE AREA above it, with no explanation, for about AN HOUR AND A HALF late SATURDAY AFTERNOON. I saw them testing the water in several areas a lot just before that. Funny how there's no mention of that from their spokesperson.
Sick from stomach bug

Schenectady, NY

#19 Mar 19, 2008
My whole family got sick at the great escape this past weekend. The sad thing is that they continue to stay open and don't give their customers who stayed there any information regarding what happened. We won't be back there again!
daWATER daWATER

United States

#20 Mar 19, 2008
Watch the faces of the people in the water. When the expression on one is noticed and changes and one eye crosses a bit and one opens and the other a bit squinted too, that is the sign. They are PEE-ING in the water. Get up higher in the flow, then! And DON'T swallow any of the water.

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