New Jersey beaches smitten with fecal bacteria advice
A look at why swimmers were warned not to swim at the beaches of New Jersey. Hint: Fecal matter
You may want to think twice before taking a dip.
The water from two New Jersey beaches showed high levels of fecal bacteria after a second set of tests that are performed on Tuesday.
The results come just one day after the testing of all 47 beaches in the state showed an excess of the bacteria, according to NJ.com.
The two beaches in question, Windward Beach Park and East Beach in Pine Beach, both in Ocean County, will remain closed to swimmers until the water is again deemed safe.
Winward Beach Park was closed Wednesday after the water tested high for fecal bacteria.
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Water samples taken on Monday showed 47 beaches tested contained more than 104 colony forming units (cfu) of Enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters of water, NJ.com reported.
If a water sample comes back with more than 104 cfu, the beach is placed under a swimming advisory due to the potential risk for the health to come in contact with contaminated water.
A spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Larry Hajna, told NJ.com the bacterium is likely a result of rain and storm water from Sunday and Monday, which may result in higher numbers of cfu.
“In the ocean, everything disappears quickly, but we want to make sure that the water is clear,” Hajna said.
After retesting the water Tuesday, only two of the 47 beaches were closed and the advisory was lifted on the rest of 45.
East Beach on Station Ave. was also closed as a result of polluted water.
Hajna said the two beaches were probably still with a high level, because they are along the river.
“The water is not over and the exchange as soon as in the ocean. The [river] the beaches are usually in closed rooms or in a bay, where the water is more dependent on the tides to change,” he told NJ.com.
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The water is tested again and the results should be in by Thursday afternoon.
Swimming in contaminated water can cause a number of gastro-intestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain; respiratory symptoms such as sore throat, coughing, a runny nose and sneezing; eye and ear symptoms including irritation, earache; dermatological symptoms such as skin rash and itching, and flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills, the DEP told NJ.com.
Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.