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Pet waste is not only an unpleasant find on yard or sidewalk, but it carries bacteria that make beach closings necessary in the summer.

Campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis are often the cause of the “24-hour bug.” They're transferred through fecal material from an infected person or animal. Toxoplasmosis is carried by a single-cell parasite that lives in infected animal feces (typically cats). In pregnant women, it can pass through the umbilical cord to the unborn fetus, causing serious abnormalities or death.

Prevent bacteria in our streams by carrying small plastic bags when walking your dog. Collect droppings, tie a knot in the bag, and toss it into the nearest garbage can. If you canít find a garbage can, do not throw pet waste down the sewer. At home, pick up pet waste often and put it in a strong plastic bag to protect garbage collectors. (Note: All La Crosse County garbage is incinerated at the Xcel Refuse Derived Fuel facility on French Island.) The >1,800 F burn temperature destroys pathogens in the waste. Learn more at: pet waste

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