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E.coli alert: Swimmers told to stay out of Klineline Pond

E.coli alert: Swimmers told to stay out of Klineline Pond

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Klineline Pond is closed to swimmers after tests found E.coli bacteria in the water.

The pond is routinely tested and the latest results showed elevated levels of the bacteria.

The good news is that Salmon Creek Regional Park, the spray feature and restrooms are still open and safe to use because they have a different water source.

E.coli is a bacterial infection that can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea that may be bloody.

"One of the best ways to reduce the spread of E.coli in swimming areas is to ensure that children who are not potty-trained stay out of the water," said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer. "Swim diapers are not reliable and we discourage their use."

Park visitors may still fish the pond, health officials said, as long as the fish and equipment are thoroughly cleaned. And, of course, the fish should be cooked before eaten.