CDC investigating outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses linked to campground

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Aug. 20 that it is investigating an outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses associated with Patten Pond Camping Resort. The CDC is aware of individuals with symptoms at 32 campsites within the resort.

Maine CDC is investigating the cause of the outbreak. While not identified as the cause at this time, the resort found E.Coli bacteria in its drinking water system and, together with Maine CDC’s Drinking Water Program, put a boil water order in place on Aug. 17, until chlorine levels are corrected and the water tests negative for E.Coli. Campers are being supplied with bottled water.

The owner is collaborating with Maine CDC to contact all individuals who stayed at the resort from Aug. 8, through the present. In addition, Maine CDC and the resort are providing information to individuals at the campground who own RVs about how to sanitize and flush their fresh-water systems correctly to ensure the water used is clean and safe.

Maine CDC will send a survey to people who recently stayed at the campground to help identify the illness, determine the most likely source of infection and ensure that there is no further risk to residents, visitors and staff.

Individuals who have stayed at the Patten Pond Camping Resort since Aug. 8 and experience symptoms of nausea, fever, loose stools and/or vomiting should contact their health care provider for evaluation and testing and notify Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821.

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