CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) has issued a No Swim Advisory for the waters at Fort Island Gulf Beach, located at 16000 W Fort Island Trail in Crystal River.
This should be considered a potential health risk to the bathing public, and swimming is not recommended.
DOH-Citrus conducts saltwater beach water quality monitoring at Fort Island Gulf Beach once a week as part of Florida’s Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.
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The water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci), that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and 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.
For more information, please contact DOH-Citrus at 352-513-6100, or visit FloridaHealth.gov.
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