RALEIGH — Recreational skiing and tubing areas have been reopened at Lake Wheeler after the levels of bacteria in the lake were again found to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.
The levels of E. coli bacteria were found to exceed EPA standards on Tuesday, prompting the county to close the lake for any activity in which a person’s head might go underwater. It was reopened Friday after bacteria levels were found to meet EPA standards for two consecutive days.
Signs and symptoms of E. coli illness can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramping or pain. Symptoms can appear anywhere from one day to a week after exposure.
To reduce the chance of contracting an illness from a water source, people should wash hands with soap and shower after swimming, tubing or any other lake-based activity.
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