Victims of the Seneca Lake spraypark cryptosporidium outbreak in Geneva, N.Y., now may join a class action suit against the state for monetary compensation.
The suit is available to all who visited the 11,000-square-foot spraypark in late July 2005. According to the New York State Health Department, 3,297 cases of crypto illness were reported. 415 were confirmed by state officials.
Other claims previously brought on behalf of victims were consolidated by the attorneys at Marler Clark, Underberg & Kessler, and Dreyer Boyajian.
?By consolidating all claims into one class, the court has done a considerable favor to taxpayers,? said Bruce Clark, a partner in Marler Clark. ?The state?s resources will now be focused on one large claim instead of on hundreds of smaller claims.?
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation stated that it does not comment on pending litigation.
The outbreak was traced to contamination in the spraypark?s two holding tanks. The facility was subsequently shut down and the state issued emergency regulations stipulating that all sprayparks add ultraviolet disinfection systems or run water-to-waste.
The emergency regulations caused problems for many facilities across the state. Those that could not afford to upgrade their systems or change them in time for the summer season lost revenues.
Cryptosporidium causes vomiting, diarrhea, fever, weight loss and other symptoms. It can be spread by fecal matter introduced into a recreational water setting, and takes nearly a week to be destroyed by chlorine.