Bay County Health Department Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program Continues Health Advisory
July 16, 2019
Sample indicates presence of enteric bacteria at Panama City Beach Access #41
Panama City, Fla. – The Bay County Health Department conducts saltwater beach water quality monitoring in accordance with the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Water samples are collected twice a month between March and October. The samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. Poor results are posted as an “Advisory” at the affected beaches and those beaches are re-sampled the following week.
The advisory for the Panama City Beach Access #41 (SP 5), 11211 Front Beach Road, location is still in effect. None of the other nine sampling locations have advisories posted.
Healthy Beaches advisories are designed to protect swimmers from increased risk of gastrointestinal illnesses. At a lower occurring level, there may also be increased risks of upper respiratory infections, skin rashes, and ear infections. Healthy Beaches advisories are not related to Necrotizing fasciitis, a rare bacterial infection.
If you have any questions, please contact the Bay County Health Department at 850-481-4806 or visit the Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website at https://www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/beach-water-quality/index.html.
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