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Harder to Test Beaches for Diseases
WKOW-TV (Madison, WI)
Posted May 14th, 2005

A 2-year state grant for a special test that detects disease-causing organisms in Madison beaches is drying up.

The test is what saved swimmers from dangerous levels of E-coli bacteria at Vilas beach in the past.

The Health Department says standard tests are enough to keep swimmers safe but stops short of saying the public is completely free from danger without it.

"I don't know if you ever can say that but I believe that we do enough to keep people safe," says Kirsta Sorsa, the Environmental Supervisor at the Madison Public Health Department.

The Health Department says grants are hard to find for inland beaches like Vilas because a recent law directs most funding to the great lakes and coastal waters.

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