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Michigan water park inspecting water after rash outbreak

Photos of the rash and sores Alexis McCalla's son's body. (March 2017) - WOODTV
Photos of the rash and sores Alexis McCalla's son's body. (March 2017) - WOODTV

DETROIT – A Michigan water park is inspecting its water after two visitors complained of rashes and sores.

Those complaints, the health department says, stemmed from too much chlorine at Surfari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Waterpark just outside Watervliet in West Michigan, which is connected to the Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott.

WOODTV reports that the Berrien County Health Department received a complaint the first weekend of March, and another this week, which was from Alexis McCalla.

McCalla told WOODTV that her 7-year-old son complained of pain from a rash and sores all over his body after spending a Sunday afternoon at the water park.

“It was scary, honestly, walking in, because he was in the bathroom and he called me in there and saying, ‘I’m hurting.’ And as soon as I walked in, I could just see it all over his body,” McCalla told WOODTV. “You don’t know what it is, where he got it, so a little bit of a panic mode.”

The health department is continuing to inspect the water, and said there's not a major health threat to the community.

 


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