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Elevated Bacteria Levels at the Jensen Beach Causeway and Leighton Park in Palm City

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Martin County
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Warning sign at Charlie Leighton Park. Residents urged to avoid contact with waters near the Jensen Beach Causeway and Leighton Park in Palm City.

Martin County - Tuesday November 22, 2022: A bacteria advisory is in effect for the waters near the Jensen Beach Causeway and Leighton Park in Palm City after results from water samples taken on Monday showed higher than normal levels of enteric bacteria.

Enteric bacteria inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and their presence in recreational waters is an indication of fecal pollution. The presence of these bacteria may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.

Potential health risks for those who ingest or come in contact with the water include upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes.

The advisory will remain in effect at these locations until results show consistent readings in the good range. The areas will be tested again on Monday, November 28.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been notified of the rise in bacteria levels for review and follow-up.

River and beach water sample results can be viewed at:

http://martin.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/beach-and-river-sampling/results/index.html

For more information about the Florida Department of Health visit: www.FloridaHealth.gov.