The Minneapolis Park Board closed the Lake Calhoun 32nd Street Beach and Lake Hiawatha Beach on Tuesday due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria.
Thomas Beach and North Beach at Lake Calhoun are still open. The two beaches at Lake Nokomis, just across the street from Lake Hiawatha, are also open.
EXCELSIOR BEACH CLOSED
Excelsior beach on Lake Minnetonka has also been closed due to elevated E. coli levels. Last week, state health officials reported three E. coli illnesses linked to swimming in Lake Minnetonka near Big Island.
LAKEVILLE BEACH CLOSED
On Monday, Valley Lake Beach in Lakeville was closed after water tests indicated unacceptable levels of E. coli bacteria. The water will be tested on a daily basis until it is safe for swimming.
E. COLI SYMPTOMS
Stomach cramps and diarrhea are two of the most common symptoms. People tend to become ill within two to five days of swimming in contaminated water. Read the full list of symptoms: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/ecoli/
E. COLI PREVENTION
- Don't swim when you have diarrhea.
- Don't swallow lake water.
- Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing diapers.
- Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often.