Texas July 08, 2019
These 3 Texas Beaches Have Just Been Put On Advisory Due To Fecal Bacteria
This week, several Texas beaches along the Matagorda Peninsula and Freeport harbor have issued advisories due to dangerous levels of Enterrococcus bacteria. These insidious pathogens are harmful to human health, therefore the water is unsafe for public entry until further notice. Keep reading to see exactly where the outbreak is occurring and why you should avoid it at all costs:
Enterrococcus is a large genus of lactic acid bacteria encompassing several different species. Two types naturally reside in our intestines but can pose serious risks if consumed once outside of the human body.
Most cases of ingestion are accidental, occurring when someone breathes in while underwater. This makes the bacteria even more insidious since it can go completely undetected until symptoms arise.
Matagorda County Jetty Park is the first of three beaches currently affected by the pathogen. As of July 5, the fecal matter count was higher than 104 CFU per 100 milliliters, which is the maximum level allowed before an advisory must be issued.
Address: 6430 Farm To Market 2031, Matagorda, TX 77457.
Quintana Beach County Park is the second place currently experiencing an outbreak. Its fecal bacteria level was also elevated as of 10:30 a.m. on July 5, rendering the water dangerous for public entry.
Address: 330 5th Street, Quintana, TX 77541. Call (979) 233-1461 with any questions or concerns.
Several other beaches along the Freeport Harbor have been deemed a medium threat, characterized by a yellow pin on the previous picture. Swimmers should still use caution at these locations despite them not being closed.
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Did you know about this dangerous bacteria infiltrating our beaches? Has it put a damper on any of your summer plans? Don’t hesitate to let us know your thoughts!