CANYON COUNTY -- Health officials issued a warning Wednesday after an elevated level of the bacteria E. coli was discovered in Lake Lowell.

The E. coli levels exceed the state water quality standards, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality says.

The water sample in which the bacteria was discovered was taken from the Lower Dam Recreation Area near Lake Lowell Picnic Park.

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E. coli is a kind of bacteria often found in human and animal feces that can sicken people and pets. In rare cases, the infection can lead to death.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include watery or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, gas, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and fever. The DEQ will perform additional monitoring to figure out the cause and extent of the contamination.

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Anyone spending time at Lake Lowell is urged to wash their hands after touching the water and shower after swimming or wading in. In addition, people should avoid swallowing any of the water and keep pets from drinking from or swimming the lake.

Picking up after dogs and avoiding feeding geese or ducks can help prevent E. coli as well.

For more information, visit the CDC website.