Enteric bacteria advisory issued: Avoid contact with water in Sandsprit Park and Stuart Causeway

Results are above acceptable levels for enterococcus bacteria at both the Sandsprit Park and Stuart Causeway and an advisory was issued to avoid contact with the water in these areas.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. … Click here to read more

WPTV: Rabies alert in Palm City

“A rabies alert has been issued for Palm City, according to the Florida Department of Health in Martin County. It is due to a raccoon that tested positive for the disease. The alert is in effect for 60 days within the following boundaries … Click here to read more

Heavy rains that doused Martin are paving the way for unwelcome visitors: mosquitoes

The heavy rains that doused our area are paving the way for some unwelcome visitors: mosquitoes. The Florida Department of Health in Martin County and Martin County Mosquito Control are urging residents to “drain and cover” to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and biting. “We are seeing unusually high number of mosquitoes breeding in areas throughout the county … Click here to read more

Tests confirm toxic blue-green algae in Martin County

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is urging residents to avoid contact with visible algae in waters near the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam. Exposure to water containing algae toxins may cause nausea and vomiting if ingested and rash or hay fever symptoms if touched or inhaled. … Click here to read more

Martin County health officials offer ‘Healthy Summer Tips’: Naegleria, Vibrio among health risks

“Residents are urged to avoid contact with visible algae in the water. Cyanobacteria, a type of blue-green algae, can release toxins that can be harmful to people and pets,” according to Outbreak News Today. “As temperatures rise in freshwater lakes and ponds, so does the threat of the parasite,Naegleria fowleri … Click here to read more

Enteric bacteria advisory now in effect for waters near Palm City / Stuart

An advisory is now in effect for the waters near Leighton Park by the old Palm City Bridge and the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart. Results from samples taken yesterday show higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria in both areas. Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution. … Click here to read more

Martin County residents and visitors urged to take precautions against chikungunya fever

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County and Martin County Mosquito Control advises residents and visitors to be aware of chikungunya fever, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Symptoms of chikungunya usually begin 3-7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito and can include fever and severe joint pains often in hands and feet. … Click here to read more

Health advisory and video: Residents urged to avoid contact with cyanobacteria in river waters

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County has urged residents to avoid contact with cyanobacteria in the St. Lucie River from the Okeechobee Canal to the St. Lucie Inlet, after test results detected bloom concentrations of Microcystis aeruginosa, a type of toxic blue-green algae. … Click here to read more