Two outbreaks of both the Shigella bacteria and norovirus were connected with the splash pad at Tanganyika Wildlife Park near Wichita, Kansas, in June 2021. The park is home to a zoo of animal exhibits as well as the Tanganyika Falls Splash Park.
The CDC reports at least 21 people with shigellosis and six with norovirus, all of whom were noted to have gotten water from the splash pad into their mouths.
Both the bacterial and viral outbreaks associated with the park can be transmitted through contaminated water.
Most of those affected were children, though adults were also sickened. The splash pad was intended for use by children under age 5, the CDC noted.
The Tanganyika park reopened after implementing new safety codes, and its website lists a number of protections in place to keep the splash pad safe, including disinfection systems and “abundantly displayed signange” informing guests of proper hygiene procedures. The park notes the current setup complies with “the gold standard for aquatic facilities.”
The Hill has reached out to Tanganyika Wildlife Park for comment.