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Tarpon Bay Beach, Sanibel, tests below unsafe level

By Tammy Yzaguirre

September 27, 2019

Tarpon Bay Beach, Sanibel, tests below unsafe level

Contact:  Tammy Yzaguirre

Lee-PIO@FLHealth.gov

Lee County, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) is removing its advisory about high bacteria levels at Tarpon Bay Beach. Tests completed today for Enterococcus bacteria in water samples taken September 26, 2019 showed levels under the maximum contaminant level.

Tarpon Bay Beach is located at 2475 W. Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957.

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).

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

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