Beach goers urged to check advisories before getting in water
With 4th of July weekend upcoming, many people will be heading out for fun in the sun. Beach goers need to check the Department of Health and Hospitals’ (DHH) advisory website to see what beaches are under advisory due to abnormally high bacteria levels.
Currently two sites in Grand Isle are under advisory, Grand Isle State Park sites 3 and 4. The Louisiana Department of Health Beach Monitoring Program tests water at 24 beach sites along the Louisiana coast to determine whether the water quality meets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria. LDH analyzes the beach water for Enterococci Bacteria.
These bacteria represent those commonly found in sewage pollution, and which could cause disease, infections or rashes. These analyses are performed on a weekly basis from April 1 through October 31.
According to WVUE, There have been nine cases of flesh-eating bacterial infections this year in Louisiana, one as recent as two weeks ago in Grand Isle.
DHH officials urge swimmers to be aware if they swim at a beach without an advisory, because it takes inspectors five days to get their test results back when they are looking for bacteria in the water. Anyone with an open cut or sore should think twice before swimming in Gulf waters.
To view the status of Louisiana beach advisories, visit http://dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/288
Posted on Thu, June 30, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette