DOH-Sarasota Issues Health Advisory After Sewage Spill in Bay

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SRQ DAILY MONDAY BUSINESS EDITION MONDAY DEC 24, 2018

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) this weekend issued a health advisory to residents and visitors near Sarasota Bay. The City of Sarasota utility department has reported a spill of untreated sewage that has entered the Sarasota Bay near Centennial Park. Testing indicates contamination of the water, and people in the area are urged to take precautions when in contact with Sarasota Bay in the area of Centennial Park. The City of Sarasota conducted additional water sampling on Saturday.

Water contaminated with wastewater overflow presents several health risks to humans. Untreated human sewage with microbes could cause gastrointestinal issues and other conditions. Anyone who comes into contact with Sarasota Bay should wash thoroughly, especially before eating or drinking. Children and older adults, as well as people with weakened immune systems, are particularly vulnerable to disease so every precaution should be taken if in contact with Sarasota Bay near Centennial Park.

For more information about the potential health effects of wastewater overflow, Floridians are encouraged to contact DOH-Sarasota at (941) 861-6133 or visit the website below.

DOH-Sarasota

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