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E. coli outbreak keeps kids out of Atlanta’s public pools

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Public pools are ordinarily a place to cool off cranky, bored kids. But there is a fear among parents now that a dangerous outbreak of E. coli bacteria has been traced to an Atlanta water park.

"We will probably find other things to do," said Lisa Dillon, who has a 2-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son. "We've got a fun sprinkler and a wading pool in the driveway."A sick child with diarrhea apparently tainted the kiddie pool at the White Water Park in the north Atlanta suburbs. At least nine children who visited the park June 11 or 12 were infected, probably from swallowing the water.

Two girls were hospitalized in critical condition. A 3-year-old boy, the son of Atlanta Braves shortstop Walt Weiss, was in serious condition.