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Are Beach Contact Advisories for the Birds?

Does the presence of Escherichia coli and enterococci bacteria actually pose a threat to human health?

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Backed by Minnesota Sea Grant’s commitment to research Dr. Michael  Sadowsky and his colleagues have shown that Escherichia coli and enterococci, the bacteria responsible for "Water Contact Not Recommended" beach advisories, can often be traced back to waterfowl and other animals. Water sullied by waterfowl might be nasty, but it is not a serious human health concern.


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