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BEACH ADVISORY Tarpon Bay Beach Tests High for Bacteria

By Lee-PIO

January 05, 2018

Contact:
Florida Department of Health in Lee County
Lee-PIO@flhealth.gov

Lee County, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) is advising the public not to enter the water at Tarpon Bay Beach, due to high levels of bacteria identified in routine testing. This beach park is located on 111 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel, FL 33957

Tests completed January 5, 2018, indicate that the water quality at the Tarpon Bay Beach does not meet the safety criteria for Enterococcus bacteria recommended by the Florida Department of Health. Water contact may pose an increased risk of disease, particularly for susceptible individuals.

  • No wading or swimming at Tarpon Bay Beach is recommended.

Enterococcus bacteria normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of an elevated concentration of these bacteria is an indicator of pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife or sewage.

Elevated levels of Enterococcus bacteria have been associated with an increased risk of swimming-associated gastroenteritis illness (diarrhea and abdominal pain). This advisory will continue until bacteria levels are below the accepted health level. New test results should be available for Tarpon Bay Beach on Tuesday afternoon, January 9, 2018.

For more information call (239) 274-2200 or go to http://lee.floridahealth.gov/.

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