TOXIC WATER: Health advisory lifted for waters near Sandsprit Park, Stuart Sandbar

STUART, Fla. - STUART, Fla. -- A health advisory for the waters near Sandsprit Park and the Stuart Sandbar has been lifted after water samples showed lower levels of enteric bacteria, the Florida Department of Health said.

The health advisory was continued for the waters near the Roosevelt Bridge and Leighton Park in Palm City because bacteria levels in those areas remained high.

Ongoing testing at four locations including the Roosevelt Bridge, Leighton Park, Sandsprit Park and the Stuart Sandbar will continue.

Samples will be analyzed for enterococci bacteria, which are normally found in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals.

The bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and sewage.

Potential health risks for those who ingest or come in contact with waters high in enteric bacteria include an upset stomach, diarrhea, eye irritation and skin rashes, the department said.

Sample results for Martin County beaches and causeways continued to be in the good range.

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