Pike health officials still investigating illnesses


By Frank Lewis - [email protected]



A health scare for people who attended recent outings at Long’s Retreat in Pike County, is still utmost on the minds of health officials in that county.

The Pike County General Health District said they are continuing to interview concerned and/or affected individuals and awaiting more lab results to help identify the potential cause.

Matt Brewster, Public Information officer for the Pike County General Health District says the health district is still requesting that individuals who have visited Long’s Retreat since June 1, 2016, to contact the Pike County General Health District to complete an interview, even if they did not experience symptoms.

“If you are symptomatic please contact your local county health department for instructions on how to submit a stool sample,” Brewster said.

The Scioto County Health Department and the Portsmouth Health Department also issued a joint memorandum over the weekend asking residents who had visited Long’s Retreat since June 24, 2016 to call their epidemiologist at 740-353-5153.

The news release said the health departments would like to hear from county residents even if they are not sick and are not experiencing any of the symptoms. Those symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The Pike County General Health District, neighboring health departments, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Long’s Retreat Family Resort are still working to determine the root cause of the illness. As of Tuesday afternoon the root cause has not been determined and officials say they are still exploring all possible options.

“We will continue investigating this matter until it is resolved and will strive to communicate any updates on this suspected outbreak in a timely manner,” Brewster said.

By Frank Lewis

[email protected]

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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