U.S. OpenJune 16, 2017

Report: E. coli bacteria found at U.S. Open hydration station

U.S. Open - Round One
Gregory ShamusHARTFORD, WI - JUNE 15: Marc Leishman of Australia plays his shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 15, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

ERIN, Wis. -- According to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, E. coli bacteria has been found at an Erin Hills hydration station during the U.S. Open.

Health officials discovered the E. coli at a water site near the 12th hole. The Washington Ozaukee Health Department told the Journal that there's no evidence of the bacteria at other stations on the course, and that there have been no reports of related illnesses.

On Thursday, the USGA handed out water bottles at the station in question as a sample was being tested. Water bottles will continue to be distributed the rest of the week.

"The safety and security of our guests is of paramount importance to the USGA," association spokesman Jeff Altstadter said in a statement to the Journal.

According to WebMD.com, symptoms of E. coli infection include fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Fans with concerns can call the Washington Ozaukee Health Department at (262) 335-4462.


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