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Children come down with "swimmer's itch" on Clark Lake

A parasite in Clark Lake may have caused children to get “swimmer’s itch” around July 4th. Swimmer’s itch shows up as itchy, red welts and the level of irritation varies on how many flatworms have gotten in your skin and on the person. About two-thirds of people who come in contact with the flatworm parasites have no reaction at all. According to Door County Public Health Officer Sue Powers, flatworms are in many bodies of water in Wisconsin. She says there is no test for the presence of the parasites, but "swimmers itch" is easily preventable.



Powers adds Clark Lake will not be shut down to swimmers and to just follow the preventative steps if you decide to swim in any body of water. Clark Lake is located next to Lake Michigan between Valmy and Jacksonport.

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