Schlitterbahn Galveston: No reports of staph infections

Schlitterbahn Galvston says Galveston County Health District Consumer Health Services does not have a recent staph infection complaint related to the waterpark.

A mother’s post making the rounds on Facebook claims multiple people have gotten staph infections at Schlitterbahn Galveston.

The waterpark on Tuesday said no complaints have been reported.

Officials with Schlitterbahn Galveston released the following statement:

Recently there have been some concerns raised and we want to address them directly.

First, here is information we received from the Galveston Health Department this evening:

As of this email, Galveston County Health District Consumer Health Services, which inspects facilities like water parks, does not have a recent complaint related to Schlitterbahn Galveston. Such public swimming facilities are inspected once annually and whenever a complaint is made.

As of this email, Galveston County Health District Epidemiology Services does not have reports from medical providers of an increase in staph infection related to Schlitterbahn Galveston. Additionally, our epidemiologists were able to talk on the phone with the concerned mother in order to get the name of the doctor who treated her child. We followed up with UTMB and there remain no reports from doctors at UTMB of an increase in staph infection affiliated with Schlitterbahn.

To be clear, at Schlitterbahn we take water safety very seriously. We treat our water with chlorine and run tests on it throughout the day. Thousands of guests have visited us this summer and our employees are in the water every day. According to the health department there are no reports from UTMB or other medical professionals of any staph infection affiliated with Schlitterbahn. Our park is open, it is not closed as has been reported by some individuals on social media.

In any case, we are continuing to investigate the issue and have been in touch with the family.


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