Waterborne parasite sickens 8 in Baker City

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Baker City officials say eight people have been sickened by a waterborne parasite, and they suspect the source is a lake where mountain goats live.

The Baker City Herald reports the illnesses were confirmed Thursday. It reported there are likely other cases.

The parasite is cryptosporidium, which causes severe diarrhea. A common source is animal feces.

The city has stopped drawing water from Goodrich Lake, which is high in the Elkhorn Mountain range. A large population of goats is near the lake.

The city is asking large water users to curtail irrigation and has asked residents to be sparing in watering lawns and gardens.

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Information from: Baker City Herald, http://www.bakercityherald.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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