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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to be drained, cleaned after 80 ducks die in water

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to be drained, cleaned after 80 ducks die in water. (Bri Carter/ABC7)

Eighty ducks have allegedly died in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool within a matter of two days, the National Park Service reports.

From May 20 to May 21, approximately 80 ducks were found deceased in the Reflecting Pool, a press release reads.

NPS says a necropsy performed on the ducks revealed their death was caused by "high levels of parasites that developed and grew in snails that live in the pool."

Chemicals alone are not sufficient enough to fully reduce the parasite and snail population, so the pool must be drained and cleaned, NPS says.

NPS says humans who come into contact with the parasite could develop a "swimmer's itch:" an allergic reaction in the form of a skin rash. They say it is not contagious and rarely requires medical attention.

It will take around two days for the pool to be fully drained, NPS says. Crews are set to clean the pool on Tuesday, June 13 and the pool is expected to begin refilling on Friday, June 16.


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