Thousands of victims of the 2005 Cryptosporidium outbreak at the Seneca Lake State Park Spray Park in Geneva, N.Y., will be receiving Notices this week that they are eligible to participate in the pending class action lawsuit against the State of New York Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation. Persons who wish to join the class action will have until September 7, 2007. The class action seeks monetary damages for the victims.
The New York Court of Claims has authorized the mailing of Notices and the necessary documents for joining the class to approximately 3,500 persons who contracted Cryptosporidiosis and contacted a New York public health agency to report their illness.
Victims of the outbreak who did not contact a public health agency regarding their illness will not receive written notice of the class action, but are still eligible to join the lawsuit.
Individuals eligible to join the class include:
- All persons who experienced a diarrheal illness with onset 1 to 15 days after visiting the Seneca Lake Spray Park between June 1, 2005 and August 17, 2005;
- Persons who experienced a diarrheal illness with onset 1 to 15 days after exposure to a person who visited the spray park between June 1, 2005 and August 17, 2005; or
- Persons who had the legal obligation for medical bills incurred by a person who became ill with a diarrheal illness after visiting the spray park or exposure to a person who visited the spray park between June 1, 2005 and August 17, 2005.
All people who believe they are eligible to join the class action lawsuit against the State of New York in connection with the Seneca Lake Spray Park Cryptosporidium outbreak can access claim forms at www.SprayParkOutbreak.com.