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Eastern Shawnee Tribe warns of river dangers

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is warning swimmers to stay out of local rivers due to high levels of bacteria.

The tribe tests the Spring River and Lost Creek biweekly for E.coli. Recent samples showed levels of bacteria well above the state's standards.

Elevated E. coli levels typically are found after heavy rains, The Joplin Globe reported. Exposure can lead to illness.

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Tribe urges swimmers to stay clear of Lost Creek, Spring River for now (The Joplin Globe 7/17)