East Vancouver's Trout Lake closed to swimming due to high bacteria levels

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      If you're planning to cool off with a dip in the water, here's a lake to add to the list of local places to avoid.

      Like last summer, an East Vancouver lake has been closed to water recreation due to a high bacteria count in water samples.

      Vancouver Coastal Health announced on July 17 that Trout Lake was closed to wading and swimming due to unsafe E. coli levels.

      Advisories are issued if levels exceed 200 E. coli bacteria per 100 millilitres of water.

      As of July 18, the average water quality at Trout Lake was listed as 285 E. coli.

      Previous advisories for local beaches include the West End’s Sunset Beach, which was closed on June 29 and is currently listed at 233 E. coli, and Bowen Island’s Snug Cove, which was closed on June 27 and is currently listed with an average water quality of 633 E. coli per 100 millilitres.

      The highest average E. coli levels are in East False Creek, which is at an average of 779 E. coli.

      Symptoms of illness from E. coli can include upset stomach, ear infections, sore throat, or wound infections. 

      The most vulnerable are infants, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems.