Mystery illness strikes Pike County

WAVERLY, OH (WCMH) – A mystery illness has struck Pike County, causing nausea, diarrhea and vomiting in those affected.

Individuals are reporting symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea and fever after visiting the Long’s Retreat Family Resort, according to a Pike County General Health District news release.

The health department and resort are working “jointly and diligently” to try and determine the cause of the illness.

Without speculating about the cause, they say they are exploring all avenues such as water sources into the lake, the lake itself, possible food sources from restaurants, concessions or camping sites.

Anyone who has visited the park since July 1 is encouraged to contact the health department, even if they did not experience symptoms.

The resort issued the following statement:

In accordance to state law, our lake water is tested weekly for any contaminates or concerns that the Department of Agriculture, Division of Ride and Safety, determines should be examined, including E. coli.The acceptable threshold for these levels is 126 mpn/100 ml; our most recent level, as posted on our Facebook page, was 31 mpn/100 ml.

We are a family owned and operated business, and as such, the safety of our guests has always been of utmost importance to us, followed closely by their enjoyment and entertainment. In order to stay consistent with these values, we are working closely and in full cooperation with the Pike County Health District. We are going to remain as transparent as possible throughout this process and will be posting updates on the situation as we receive them.

We would truly appreciate you including all of the above information in any of your upcoming publishings on the matter. Please feel free to contact us again if you have any further questions as I would love to maintain an open line of communication with local media as we handle this difficult situation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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