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.


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

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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