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Goshen Scout Reservation Closed Due To E. Coli Outbreak

Posted on 04 August 2008 by Dan


The Goshen Scout Reservation in Virginia was closed Sunday due to an E. coli outbreak and will remain closed until further notice, the Boy Scouts of America said Sunday.

The National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, immediately decided to close Goshen and alerted the Virginia Department of Health after learning of the three most recent cases, according to Alan Lambert, the Council’s Scout Executive.

Health department officials confirmed Friday that at least 14 boys and one adult were infected with E. coli while attending the camp. All 14 boys were from Northern Virginia and nine were hospitalized.

The affected Scouts were at Goshen Scout Reservation during the camp’s fifth week, from July 28 through Saturday. At that time, there were 1,310 Scouts, adult leaders, and staff members residing at the more than 4,000-acre campground in the mountains.

Goshen will remain closed until further notice, Lambert said.

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