Officials in Pike County have released a statement regarding a food borne illness outbreak believed to have originated at the popular Pike County Color Drive.
The health department says potentially contaminated apple cider from the October 17th and 18th event may have led to an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis disease, a parasitic illness. Those affected have attended a common event in Barry, Illinois on October 17th, according to KHQA-TV.
Here’s audio courtesy of KHQA with John Campos with the Adams County Health Department.
“The one danger with cyrpto is because of the diarrhea and the potential for vomiting is dehydration, so it’s very important that even though we’re ill, we don’t feel like taking in fluids but it’s very important that we do,” says Campos.
“Crypto” can be found in water, food, soil or on surfaces or dirty hands contaminated with infected human or animal feces.