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Park Board: E. coli linked to reported illness at Lake Nokomis likely introduced by ill swimmer

Lake Nokomis Photo: Courtesy of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Lake Nokomis

Updated: August 14, 2019 05:16 PM

The type of E. coli that caused reported illnesses at Lake Nokomis was likely introduced to the water by an ill swimmer, according to a news release from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

The MPRB said those types of contamination events are unlikely to be detected during routine beach monitoring tests.

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The park board said weekly testing had not indicated high levels of E. coli at either of the beaches on the lake. According to MPRB, elevated E. coli levels reported at beaches is usually caused by rain, stormwater runoff or waterfowl.

Both MPRB and the Minnesota Department of Health want to hear from those who have visited Lake Nokomis. Those with questions can also contact the Foodborne and Waterborne Illness Hotline at 651-201-5655.

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