Elevated levels of E. coli bacteria pose threat at main Duluth beach

For the second time this summer, beach goers are urged to stay out of the water at the main beach along Park Point in Duluth. The Minnesota Department of Health issued a warning to avoid contact with water at the beach due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria.
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For the second time this summer, beach goers are urged to stay out of the water at the main beach along Park Point in Duluth. The Minnesota Department of Health issued a warning to avoid contact with water at the beach due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria, Northland's News Center reports.

The department of health also issued the same advisory about contact with the water at Agate Bay Beach in Two Harbors. In both cases, possible fecal contamination in the water prompted the advisories.

It has been a rough August for water activity at Minnesota's beaches and lakes.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control ruled that a rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba infection led to the death of a 9-year-old Jack Ariola of Forest Lake after he came into contact with the microorganism while swimming in Lily Lake in Stillwater.

The rare infection also led to the death of 7-year-old Annie Bahneman, after she swam in Lily Lake in 2010. Swimming access to the Lily Lake was closed after Ariola's death.

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