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Water advisory issued after sewage was released into Great Miami River

Posted at 2:46 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 14:46:21-04

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Public health officials issued a water advisory for the Great Miami River after undertreated sewage was released into the water, according to Hamilton County Public Health.

People should not enter the water or fish downstream of the Middletown Wasterwater Plant located on Oxford State Road. The sewage release began on June 11 and was repaired on June 16.

Health officials said swallowing the water or getting the water in an open wound could make people sick.

Risks associated with coming into contact with the water include “parasitic, bacterial or viral infections that can cause conditions such as diarrhea, dysentery, gastroenteritis and hepatitis A,” according to health officials.

People should seek medical care if they have any of these symptoms:

  • Bloody diarrhea or diarrhea that doesn’t improve after 3 days
  • Diarrhea accompanied by fever or chills;
  • Signs of dehydration: dry or “cottony” mouth, cracked lips, dry flushed skin, headache, irritability, not urinating at least four times a day, no tears when crying, not sweating, or confusion.