Victims of the Seneca Lake spraypark
cryptosporidium outbreak in Geneva, N.Y., now may
join a class action suit against the state for monetary
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
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation stated that it does not comment on
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.