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Bacteria found in water at most La. beaches, advisories posted

4 years 5 months 1 week ago Friday, July 03 2015 Jul 3, 2015 July 03, 2015 9:15 AM July 03, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- The most recent sampling of water off Louisiana's coast has found enough bacteria to post advisories at almost every beach along the shoreline.

Only eight had no advisory Thursday. Almost twenty were posted with a warning after scientists found some sort of bacteria. When an advisory is posted, DHH recommends people not swim in the water.

Among the locations where advisories were posted are Grand Isle, Holly Beach and Rutherford Beach.

DHH tests water for enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria, commonly found in sewage pollution, each week between May and October.

"It's not going to kill you, but maybe cause rashes," Gordon LeBlanc, who works with the Beach Monitoring Program for the state, said in a recent interview with WBRZ News 2.

"If they have lesions, sores, open cuts, those would be the precautions you need to take if you saw an advisory up," he said.
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