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Swimming remains off limits at Mormon Island
Caution tape lines the beach at Mormon Island. Swimming is banned after a case of swimmer's itch was reported earlier this week.
It may not be a great white shark, but this little micro-organism is causing quite a stir at the State Park in Grand Island.
The flatworm parasite enters the outer layer of the skin causing itchy red spots that generally don't last longer than a week.
Samples of the water are being tested, however, swimmer's itch will not show up positive in testing.
The aquatic parasite could have the beach closed for two to four weeks.
"We're taking a fairly decent hit on this. I'm just hoping that you know it opens soon," said Bob Randall.
Don't let swimmer's itch put a damper on your weekend plans though.
You can still enjoy the park. You just can't swim in the water.
"You can still go boating out here. We've got two boat ramps. We've got two lakes. Any kind of boat you want to put in the water, ya know, it'll go in there. There's plenty of fishing, plenty of room to go around fishing and camping. Camping is always a luxury, ya know, pastime," Randall said.
Bob Randall isn't sure when the test results will be in or when the water will be safe enough for swimmers.
Mormon Island had a similar outbreak last summer.
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