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WEB EXTRA: Health Expert Advice for E. coli Season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- E. coli tests in local creeks and streams record off the charts. In its weekly test, the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks found levels of E. coli so high that the instrument could not even get an accurate measurement.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- E. coli tests in local creeks and streams record off the charts.

In its weekly test, the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks found levels of E. coli so high that the instrument could not even get an accurate measurement.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says this is likely because the samples were taken Tuesday, shortly after heavy rains on Monday. This is not unusual, as bacterial levels are often high in stormwater runoff.

Testing typically runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The current results can be found on the health department's website.

Read More: Health Dept. Begins Summer Water Quality Testing at Swimming Holes

Kendra Findley, Administrator of Community Health, spoke to KOLR10 News about the testing.

"If you're in a water source, be careful. Try not to get water in your mouth. If you're going to eat, clean your hands before doing so. If you do develop diarrhea, there's not going to necessarily be an antibiotic treatment for you."

See her interview with advice, above.

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