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Cape Yacht Club beach reopens after health advisory is lifted

Posted at 8:06 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 21:20:57-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. --- The Florida Department of Heath is removing its advisory warning residents of high bacteria levels at the Yacht Club Beach in Cape Coral. 

Test results received by the Lee County Health Department showed bacteria levels were under the maximum contaminant levels Tuesday. 

Water at the Yacht Club was tested on April 23 which showed Enterococcus bacteria was present which prompted officials to close the beach to residents. 

Enterococcus bacteria normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of an bacteria in the water 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 illnesses like diarrhea and abdominal pain.

For more information contact Lee County Health Department at (239) 274-2200.