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Ketchikan beaches remain contaminated with fecal bacteria


August 24, 2017

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – At least two of the many beaches found to be contaminated near Ketchikan continue to have high levels of a wastewater and sewage pathogen, an Alaska official said.

The waters at Thomas Basin and Rotary Beach have high levels of enterococci bacteria, the Ketchikan Daily News reported Thursday. Officials found high levels of the bacteria last week at several beaches between Clover Pass and Saxman.

The bacteria is common in the fecal matter of warm-blooded animals, more so in human feces, according to the National Institutes of Health. Contact with contaminated water...

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