Boaters sickened on Lake Minnetonka on July 4th

Boaters sickened on Lake Minnetonka on July 4th
Boaters took to the water as the sun set on Lake Minnetonka Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Excelsior, MN. Hennepin County epidemiologists were continuing to investigate reports that a number of people who were boating around Big Island on Lake Minnetonka got sick over the July 4th weekend. (Source: Elizabeth Flores)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials are investigating reports that people boating around Big Island on Lake Minnetonka near Minneapolis got sick over the Fourth of July.

Hennepin County has received more than 30 reports from people experiencing vomiting, diarrhea or cramps after holiday celebrations on boats in the area.

Dave Johnson, the county’s epidemiology manager, says the symptoms are consistent with illness caused by food or water exposure.

Johnson says although the cause of the outbreak remains unknown, there is no reason yet to close any beaches.

The Star Tribune reports county officials are asking people who got sick to submit stool samples. Those will be analyzed by the Minnesota Department of Health, with results expected in a couple of days.

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