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Health Department advises no swimming at Blind Pass Beach

By Staff | Oct 30, 2015

PHOTOS BY BRIAN WIERIMA Beach goers sit in the sand and avoid the water Friday morning, after signs warned of a bacteria infestation in the water at Blind Pass Beach. Blind Pass Beach on Sanibel was reported to contain high levels of Enterococcus bacteria, which was found on a routine testing of the water by the Florida Department of Health, which advised no swimming at the location.

Sanibel beach goers were greeted by red and yellow warning signs on Blind Pass Beach (6497 Sanibel-Captiva Road) advising them to not swim in the Gulf Friday.

The Florida Department of Health is advising the public to not go into the water off of Blind Pass Beach because of high levels of enterococcus bacteria, during a regularly scheduled water quality check completed Thursday, Oct. 29.

Enterococcus bacteria causes clinically infections in humans, including urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis and meningitis. Infections seriously affect people who are ill or have weak immune systems.

The infections are treated with antibiotics.

The water quality with higher presence of this bacteria is usually caused by pollution, sewage, pet fecal matter or storm water runoff.

The advisement of no swimming remains until at least Tuesday, Nov. 3, when a new test will be taken to check for levels of the bacteria.

For more information, call 239-274-2200 or go to lee.floridahealth.gov/.