Beach season begins, state tests water quality
BATON ROUGE- State health experts have started testing the water off the coast of Louisiana's popular beach locations.
Twenty-five locations are tested weekly during the beach season of May, June, July, August, September and October. Scientists check water for enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria, common bacteria in sewage pollution.
If there is a concern, the state issues an advisory.
Symptoms of an infection from bacteria in the water could be flue-like. Swallowing the water or submerging your head underwater increases risks of illness.
High bacteria levels can occur because of runoff following a storm, area livestock and wildlife or human sewage, the state says.
Numerous warnings were issued last beach season.