JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri officials have found high levels of E. coli bacteria at beaches in four state parks.
The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday water samples taken this week showed bacteria levels above federal standards at the parks.
The beaches are located at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Crowder State Park in northern Missouri, Mark Twain State Park in northeastern Missouri, and Pomme de Terre State Park in western Missouri.
At Pomme de Terre, the state is delaying this weekend's scheduled opening of the swimming area at Hermitage Beach. The park's Pittsburg Beach will open because bacteria levels there were low.
Beaches at the other parks aren't scheduled to open until May 28.
E. coli can cause influenza-like illnesses and worse in people infected through open cuts or ingestion.