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Advisories issued for Bay County beaches

There are new advisories issued for beaches in Bay County after there were poor results during testing.
Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 12:55 AM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - There are new advisories issued for beaches in Bay County after there were poor results during testing.

This map shows locations of testing for the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program by the Bay County Health Department.
This map shows locations of testing for the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program by the Bay County Health Department.(Bay County Health Department)

According to the Bay County Health Department, during the weekly checks of the beaches for enteric bacteria, two locations in Panama City Beach had poor results. The Health Department issued advisories for Spyglass Drive (SP7 on the map) and Delwood Beach (SP 8 on the map) testing areas.

One advisory is being lifted. The advisory for the Panama City Beach City Pier has been rescinded after testing results improved.

Enteric bacteria is typically found in the intestinal tract of humans and animals. High concentrations of the bacteria can be an indication of fecal pollution, which can come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage, according to Health Department Officials.

The Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program advisories are issued to protect swimmers from increased risk of gastrointestinal illnesses, upper respiratory infections, skin rashes, and ear infections.

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