LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A number of swimming areas in Arkansas have been confirmed closed due to an E. coli threat.
According to the Arkansas Health Department the following swim beaches are closed as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 27,
- Oakland Swim Beach, Marion Co.
- Choctaw Swim Beach, Cleburne Co. (Greers Ferry Lake)
- Dam Site Beach, Cleburne Co. (Greers Ferry Lake)
- Devils Fork, Cleburne Co. (Greers Ferry Lake)
- Hill Creek, Cleburne Co. (Greers Ferry Lake)
- Waveland Beach, Logan Co.
- Albert Pike
- Lake Weddington, Washington Co.
- Beaver Swim Beach, Carroll Co.
- Lake Leatherwood, Carroll Co.
- Blanchard Springs, Stone Co.
Kerry Krell with the Arkansas Department of Health 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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