Bacteria levels elevated at Sandsprit Park

Sandsprit Park

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is urging residents to avoid contact with the water near Sandsprit Park in Stuart after testing revealed higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria.

A water advisory remains in effect for the waters near the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, Leighton Park and near the mouth of Bessey Creek in Palm City.

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution. The presence of these bacteria may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.

Potential health risks for those who ingest or come in contact with the water include upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes.

For more information, contact Renay Rouse at the Florida Department of Health in Martin County: 772.631.6008

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