E. coli Bacteria Detected in Grand Canyon National Park's Water Supply

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The National Park Service (NPS) has detected the presence of E. coli bacteria in the water supply at Phantom Ranch in Grand Canyon National Park.

The contamination specifically affects the Phantom Ranch area.

In light of the E. coli contamination, the NPS has issued a boil water advisory for visitors staying at Phantom Ranch.

The advisory emphasizes the importance of boiling water before use, as the bacteria can cause illness.

E. coli, short for Escherichia coli, is a type of bacteria commonly found in the environment, as well as in human and animal intestines.

Some strains of E. coli can cause severe illness.

Symptoms of E. coli infection can include diarrhea, vomiting, bloody stools, and fatigue.

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience diarrhea that lasts more than three days, bloody stools, or a fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

In rare cases, E. coli infection can lead to a life-threatening condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

HUS can cause kidney failure and other serious complications.

The NPS is taking steps to address the contamination, including implementing control system adjustments and restarting the chlorination process.

The park authorities will keep visitors informed about the progress and lift the boil water advisory once the tests confirm the absence of bacteria.

To stay safe, follow the NPS boil water advisory and use bottled water for drinking, cooking, and brushing teeth.

If you experience symptoms of E. coli infection, seek medical attention immediately.

Help spread the word about the boil water advisory and help ensure that everyone in the area is aware of the risks.

If you have any questions about the boil water advisory or E. coli infection, please contact the NPS at 928-638-7888.

By staying informed, taking necessary precautions, and spreading awareness, we can collectively address the presence of E. coli in Grand Canyon National Park's water supply.

Let us prioritize the well-being of visitors and work towards restoring the pristine beauty of this natural wonder.