Bacteria Closes Ten NJ Beaches
Last week we told you about a beach in Belmar that was closed due to a raw sewage leak. Now, TEN beaches across the state have been closed after showing high levels of bacteria that is normally found in animal or human waste.
According to the Department of Environmental Protection, the ten beaches contained "more than 104 colony forming units (cfu) of Enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters water."
The DEP says swimming in or making contact with polluted water can cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain; respiratory symptoms like sore throat, cough, runny nose, and sneezing; eye and ear symptoms including irritation, earache, and itchiness; dermatological symptoms like skin rash and itching; and flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills.
The beaches are being retested and results will be released on Wednesday afternoon.
Only five of the ten beaches that tested high have swimming advisories; the other five are not yet open for the season.
Somers Point City, New Jersey Avenue Beach: 105 cfu (open for season)
Cape May County
North Wildwood City, 10th Avenue and JFK Boulevard: 116 cfu (open for season)
North Wildwood City, 2nd Avenue and JFK Boulevard: 120 cfu (open for season)
Upper Township, Beesley's Point: 120 cfu (not open for season)
Wildwood City, Montgomery Avenue: 110 cfu (open for season)
Highlands, Community Center Beach: 670 cfu (not open for season)
Middletown, Thompson Avenue: 160 cfu (not open for season)
Monmouth Beach, Pavilion Beach: 160 cfu (open for season)
Ocean Gate, Anglesea Avenue: 300 cfu (not open for season)
Ocean Gate, Wildwood Avenue: 300 cfu (not open for season)
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