Disease outbreak linked to Duluth water park

Health officials have confirmed three cases of a diarrheal disease, suspect six others and say there are likely many more that will go unreported in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The News Tribune reports the Edgewater Resort and Water Park closed voluntarily and super-chlorinated all of its water facilities, a process that health officials say will eradicate any threat.
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Health officials have confirmed three cases of a diarrheal disease, suspect six others and say there are likely many more that will go unreported in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The News Tribune reports the Edgewater Resort and Water Park closed voluntarily and super-chlorinated all of its water facilities, a process that health officials say will eradicate any threat.

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