LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Two swimming areas in Arkansas remain closed due to an E. coli threat.
The Arkansas Health Department said the following swim beaches are closed as of Tuesday, June 30:
- Shoal Bay
- Waveland (Blue Mt.)
Kerry Krell with the Arkansas Department of Health said officials want to remind people that other activities such as camping, hiking, or boating that may be offered at recreational areas with closed swim beaches are not affected by the closures. She said, "In other words, if you're going to Blanchard Springs, the main swim beach is closed because of E. Coli, but people are still welcomed and encouraged to camp, hike, or visit the caves."
Krell said in an email to THV11, "The high amount of rainfall is a large factor in these closures; runoff from the land surrounding the swim beaches picks up more bacteria (E. coli) that is naturally present in the waste of nearly all animals."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, E. coli is a large group of bacteria. Some kinds of it can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses.
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