Sick in Seattle

16:30 May 7 2010 Lowman Beach Park, Seattle, WA

I am a physician. I clearly had moderately severe gastroenteritis that started as "swimmer's nose" and within one hour progressed to explosive and unremitting diarrhea for 8-10 hours (imodium didn't slow it down much), mild fever, no nausea, diaphoresis, dizzy, passed out, sweating profusely

Again, as much as we love our dogs, they are out of control in Seattle on the beaches which are used frequently for kiteboarding, swimming, kayaking, SUP, and windsurfing. Not ocean waves, so no shoreline dissolution process. Fecal matters moves slowly and dissolves slowly in non-moving water. In addition, we have a large number of yards bordering the Puget Sound both north and south of Lowman Beach, and neighbors often just rake their yard waste including dog fecal matter, right into the Sound. You might want to spotlight the problem here, it would help get some attentiion and solutions
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What were your symptoms? Check all that apply:: Diarrhea,Cramps/Stomach Pain
Did you see a doctor?: Yes
If treated, what was the diagnosis and treatment?: "I am a doctor. It was gastroenteritis probably of the e. coli, salmonella, or dog fecal coliform. We have an exploding population of dogs that are out of control on the beaches here. The day was clear, with a very nice north wind, I was windsurfing, there had been no rain event for over 72 hours and no major rain event for over a week.
How long after you were in the water did your illness symptoms start?: Next day
How many times have you been sick from the water at this beach?: Three
How long did your illness last?: One to three Days
Will you allow Surfrider Foundation to contact you? If yes, please provide info below. This will not be shared publicly.: No

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