Fecal matter, E. coli dampening mood for swimmers in MN, ND


It's an unusual summertime sight at the Davies Recreational Pool in Fargo – empty slides, calm waters and a complete lack of swimmers.

And it's all because of a poopy diaper.

The outdoor pool, located at Davies High School, was temporarily closed this week following the icky discovery, and will remain closed until some time Wednesday, the Forum reports.

The paper says the waters are now undergoing "shock treatment," a 30-hour super-chlorination process that must legally be initiated whenever fecal matter is found – and that's exactly what happened when a child's diaper came off in the pool around 4:40 p.m. Monday.

All is not lost for swimmers looking to escape the summer heat, however: according to Valley News Live, the facility's indoor pool was not affected and remained open.

The Davies Recreational Pool's website indicates the site is home to Fargo's first "drop slide," one of two 27-foot-high water slides normally available to swimmers.

This comes about a month after the CDC warned summer vacationers about the rise of Cryptosporidium, a chlorine-resistant parasite that's carried in fecal matter; in 2011 and 2012 the bug sickened more than 1,700 people and caused one death, CBS News reports.

The network says the health agency is reminding swimmers not to take a dip if they have diarrhea, and – though it may seem obvious – to refrain from pooping or peeing in pools.

E. coli warning in northern Minnesota

Meanwhile, Minnesota swimmers are also having a tough time in the Northland, where the state's Health Department warned them to stay out of the water at a number of beaches after officials detected E. coli, Northland's News Center says.

According to the station, the advisory affects Split Rock River and Flood Bay Beaches in Two Harbors, and Duluth's Sky Harbor Parking Lot Beach.

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