An alert has been issued today for these 2 beaches in Vancouver’s West End. This advisory was issued due to the extent of bacteria within the water at these particular beaches, which is higher than the acceptable, and recommended levels.
What may happen if you swim at these beaches?
To do so would put one at greater risk of getting a gastrointestinal illness, which can result in diarrhea and vomiting.
Seniors, children and those with a compromised immune system who experience these symptoms should visit their doctor immediately.
What caused this to happen?
The exact cause behind the high E. coli count is unknown, however, there are multiple likely contributors, including:
- Boating traffic and resulting sewage;
- Hot weather causing the swimming layer (top four feet) of water to heat up, permitting bacterium to multiply faster;
- Lack of Tidal Flush in certain areas;
- Lot of people and dogs on the beaches; and
- Birds have conjointly been a powerful contributor in the past.
ALL ALTERNATE SWIMMING BEACHES WITHIN THE VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH REGION REMAIN SAFE.
Alert Resource: News 1130, http://www.news1130.com/