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Water quality warning issued for North Shore Park

By Staff | May 4, 2017

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County is advising the public not to enter the water at North Shore Park due to high levels of bacteria identified in routine testing.

The beach park is in North Fort Myers at the foot of the U.S. 41 bridge at 13001 N. Cleveland Ave and is used primarily by boaters and anglers who are warned not to swim or wade in the water.

Tests completed May 4 indicate that the water quality at the North Shore Park does not meet the safety criteria for Escherichia coli ( E.coli) bacteria recommended by the Florida Department of Health, officials said.

Water contact may pose an increased risk of disease, particularly for susceptible individuals.

Escherichia coli 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 E.coli bacteria have been associated with an increased risk of swimming-associated gastroenteritis illness causing such things as diarrhea and abdominal pain.

This advisory will continue until bacteria levels are below the accepted health level, officials said.

New test results should be available for North Shore Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Source: The Florida Department of Health