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THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN CITRUS COUNTY: TEST RESULTS AT FORT ISLAND BEACH REMAIN POOR

By Amy Douglas

September 21, 2022

September 21, 2022

[Lecanto, Fla.] — The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) has reissued a No Swim Advisory for the waters at Fort Island Beach. This should be considered a potential health risk to bathing public and swimming is not recommended.
In a retest of water at the beach, the water quality remains poor. DOH-Citrus has been conducting saltwater beach water quality monitoring at Fort Island Gulf Beach once a week, through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. The water samples are being analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci), that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and which may indicate increased risk of human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.
If you should have any questions please contact DOH-Citrus at 352-513-6100, or visit the Department of Health’s Beach Water Quality website (http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/index.html).
For more information about DOH-Citrus, visit www.citrus.floridahealth.gov or follow us on Twitter at @FLHealthCitrus.

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