Enterococcus bacteria advisory: Avoid contact with water at Leighton Park and Roosevelt Bridge


Bacteria samples collected on Monday, January 25th, are still exceeding the acceptable level for enterococcus bacteria at the Leighton Park and Roosevelt Bridge locations. The advisory to avoid contact with the water in these areas is still in effect. The results from the remaining locations are within the acceptable range. Samples will be collected again on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring program, the Martin County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health conducts beach and river water sampling in eight locations throughout the county every other week.

In addition, the Martin County Health Department conducts weekly St. Lucie River samples at four sites. These four sites are conducted as a special monitoring project.

The water samples are analyzed for enterococci bacteria, which normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of these enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.

If enteric bacteria are present in high concentrations and are ingested while swimming or enter the skin through a cut or sore, they may cause upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes.

Advisory signs will be posted and residents are urged to avoid contact with the water, if higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria are present.

For more information: http://martin.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/beach-and-river-sampling/results/index.html

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