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Flushing Meadows playground disinfected after 32 sickened
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BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
A Flushing Meadows Corona Park
playground has been sanitized following
an investigation by the city Health
Department into a bacterial infection outbreak
that sickened 32 people.
Th e bacteria, identifi ed as shigella, was
investigated by the Health Department
aft er several individuals reported symptoms
aft er playing in the Playground for
All Children’s spray shower and other
water features to their specifi cations.
“We worked with the Parks Department
to sanitize the splash pad and fountain
areas, and these areas are now no longer
a risk for shigella transmission,” a Health
Department spokesman told the Queens
Courier in a statement. “Th e Unisphere,
the Playground For All Children, the
Lawrence Street Playground, and the
Jurassic Playground were all sanitized.”
A spokesman from the Parks
Department confi rmed to the Queens
Courier that the playground was cleaned
on July 20, working with the Health
“As an additional precaution, staff also
cleaned and disinfected all other spray
showers in Flushing Meadows Corona
Park,” a Parks Department spokesman
told the Queens Courier.
Shigellosis is an infection that aff ects
the intestines. It is caused by the bacteria
(germs), shigella, and is a fairly
common infection, especially among
young children, according to the Health
A mother told NY1 News that all four
of her children tested positive for the bacteria
aft er playing in the park earlier this
month and were admitted to the hospital.
However, another parent said their
child has never become sick playing at the
park at least four times a week.
Th ere have been 32 reported cases
of shigellosis associated with Flushing
Meadows Corona Park, the Health
Department told the Queens Courier.
Anyone can get shigellosis, but it is seen
most oft en in young children. Th e germ is
spread by eating or drinking contaminated
food or water, or by direct contact with
an infected person.
People exposed to the shigella germ
may experience mild or severe diarrhea,
oft en with fever, nausea and cramps.
Th ere may be traces of blood or mucous
in the stool. Some infected people may
not show any symptoms, according to the
To prevent the spread of shigellosis, the
Health Department recommends washing
hands oft en.
“Since germs are passed in stool (feces),
the single most important prevention
activity is frequent and careful hand
washing with soap and warm running
water aft er using the toilet or changing
diapers,” the Health Department said.
The spray area at the Playground for All Children in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
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