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Eleven People Treated for E. coli

August 30, 1999

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A 2-year-old boy being treated for kidney failure was among 11 people sickened by E. coli bacteria after swimming in a lake in southwestern Washington, health officials said.

Battle Ground Lake was closed Sunday as a precaution.

Jonah Runde, of Brush Prairie, Wash., became violently ill after swimming in the lake Aug. 15. He was listed in fair condition Sunday and was undergoing dialysis.

The boys’ father, Neil Runde, said four members of his family became ill within days of swimming in the lake. Jonah experienced flu-like symptoms including bloody stool, he said.

Janet Charles, a spokeswoman for the Southwest Washington Health District, said ``it was only in the last few days when we realized the Battle Ground Lake connection.″

Health officials said they are not sure the lake north of Portland is the source of the E. coli, but it will remain closed for a week as a precaution.

E. coli bacteria can cause serious illness and sometimes death, particularly in children and the elderly. Symptoms include chills, fever, abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea.

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