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DOH advises against entering water at Tarpon Bay Beach

By Staff | Jan 5, 2018

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County is advising the public not to enter the water at Tarpon Bay Beach due to high levels of bacteria identified in routine testing, according to the city of Sanibel.

Tests completed Friday indicate that the water quality at the Tarpon Bay Beach does not meet the safety criteria for Enterococcus bacteria recommended by the Florida Department of Health. Water contact may pose an increased risk of disease, particularly for susceptible individuals.

No wading or swimming at Tarpon Bay Beach is recommended.

Enterococcus 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 Enterococcus bacteria have been associated with an increased risk of swimming-associated gastroenteritis illness (diarrhea and abdominal pain).

The advisory will continue until bacteria levels are below the accepted health level. New test results should be available for Tarpon Bay Beach on Jan. 9.

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

Tarpon Bay Beach is at 111 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel.

Source: Florida Department of Health