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Officials warn of sewer breach in section of Little Miami River in Warren County

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 9:12 AM

The Warren County Health District is advising residents not to enter or fish in the Little Miami River south of Old 3C Highway until a sewer breach has been repaired.

County health officials were notified of a breach in a sewer main by the Warren County Water & Sewer Department and the Ohio Environmental Health Association in the area of Socialville-Foster Road and Old 3C Highway, according to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon. 

“As a precautionary measure, the Warren County Health District The Warren County Health District will be conducting testing of the Little Miami River to identify potential increases in bacteria,” according to the release.

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There are increased health risks associated with coming into contact with wastewater. Parasites, viruses and bacteria can cause a range of conditions including; diarrhea, dysentery, gastroenteritis and hepatitis A.

The advisory, which will continue until further notice, is to help prevent the spread of disease.

The Warren County Water & Sewer Department and the Ohio Environmental Health Association notified the Warren County Health District of the breach, which is in the Maineville area of the county. The county health district will test the Little Miami River to identify potential increases in bacteria. 

“Swallowing a small amount of contaminated wastewater or having contaminated wastewater come in contact with an open wound, may make you sick. The symptoms can range from mild to severe,” according to the release issued by Health Commissioner Duane Stansbury and Medical Director Dr. Scott Swope. 

Anyone showing symptoms should drink fluids to prevent dehydration. 

This is especially important for young children, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems. 

The district indicated it would issue another update as precautionary measures are lifted.

Seek medical care immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:   

  • Your diarrhea is bloody or diarrhea isn’t improving after 3 days 
  • Your diarrhea is accompanied by fever or chills 
  •  You are dehydrated (signs of dehydration include: 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)