High levels of bacteria close Port Austin Veterans Park Beach and Wagener Park Beach at Harbor Beach

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The Huron County Health Department ordered the closure of Port Austin Veterans Park Beach and Harbor Beach Wagener Park Beach late Tuesday afternoon after water tests were reported. revealed high levels of E. coli.

“While E. coli itself may be harmful to human health, other disease-causing organisms may also be present,” reads the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s website. from Michigan. “Once these pathogens are in a stream or lake, they can infect humans through ingestion or skin contact, leading to illnesses such as gastroenteritis (diarrhea), Giardia, hepatitis, or cholera.”


According to EGLE, common sources of E. coli contamination vary depending on the landscape of the region.

“For example, one would expect urban areas to have a different set of sources than a rural farm where there are livestock and people rely on septic systems,” the website reads. of EGLE. “All animals – livestock, domestic and wild animals – and human sewage are possible sources under certain circumstances.

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