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EAGLE -- We have a follow up after all those people that got sick out at Eagle Island State Park over the weekend.

The test results are back and it turns out it was norovirus.

The Central District Health Department says the likely source was a sick person that swam in the water or became ill at the park.

"The virus can spread from person-to-person through recreational water, food, and direct contact with ill people," said Kimberly Link, Program Manager for Communicable Disease Control at CDHD. "Since human stool and vomit are the main sources of norovirus, the likely source was a sick person or party that swam in the water or became ill at the park."

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, the CDHD received over 100 reports from people who became sick after going to the park.

The swimming areas at the park will remain closed for two weeks to allow for drainage and refill of the lake.

All other areas of the park will remain open.

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Norovirus is very hardy and can survive in the environment; CDHD urges everyone to follow these steps to help reduce the spread of recreational water illnesses:

  1. Never swallow recreational water and avoid getting water in your mouth when swimming.
  2. Never swim when you have diarrhea and stay out of recreational water for at least three days after symptoms resolve. This is especially important for kids in diapers.
  3. Change diapers in a bathroom or separate area, not on the beach or poolside.
  4. Always wash your hands after using the restroom and before eating.
  5. Take your kids on regular bathroom breaks or change diapers often, and use swim diapers. Waiting to hear "I have to go" may mean it's too late.