Health Department: River water caused illness

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Health officials say contamination in the Oklahoma River was to blame for sickening dozens of participants in an international triathlon held last month.

The Oklahoma Department of Health said Wednesday bacteria and
parasites in the river caused gastrointestinal problems for at least 45 participants in the Boathouse International Triathlon in Oklahoma City.

Athletes swam 1.5 kilometers in the downtown river as part of the triathlon. After the event, some of the participants reported diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever.

The river has tested high for bacteria, particularly after high runoff from storms. The triathlon was held May 16-17 after a heavy rain.

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