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GEORGETOWN, Texas -- After sewage spilled into a swimming
hole near here, more than 100 people reported becoming ill,
Williamson County officials said.
About 75,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into a creek that feeds
the San Gabriel River, sending sewage into Blue Hole. Officials
closed the swimming hole after learning that lift station pumps
weren't turning on.
At last count, 116 people had reported gastrointestinal symptoms
of nausea, vomiting, fever and diarrhea, said Dr. Ed Sherwood,
medical director of the Williamson County & Cities Health
Georgetown officials said that Blue Hole would be closed for about
Sherwood, who estimates that no more than 1,000 people were
exposed to the contaminated water, said nobody has gone to the
hospital or been seriously ill.
He said the most common symptom of exposure to fecal-contaminated
water is gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and the
intestines resulting in vomiting or diarrhea.
"I think we're probably past the peak of that, and we may see very
little additional illness from this point on," he said.
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