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Boil-water advisory lifted at Cowans Gap

August 22, 2011

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — The boil-water advisory has been lifted at Cowans Gap State Park, a state spokesman said Monday.

The advisory was lifted at 8:10 a.m. Sunday, according to Terry Brady, deputy press secretary with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Brady said in email Monday morning the advisory was lifted due to a "string of good test results."

The advisory was put in place Wednesday because water tests revealed a strain of E. coli in one of two park wells.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection confirmed Thursday that it is not bacteria from the same strain that has sickened 14 park visitors since mid-July.

On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health increased the outbreak's number of confirmed cases from 13 to 14, saying an additional Maryland resident also had contracted an infection. Several children are being treated for hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious E. coli complication that affects the kidneys, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Officials have not linked the cases to the water at Cowans Gap, but all of those sickened swam in the lake in late July.

The lake at Cowans Gap has been closed to all activities since Aug. 9.

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