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Swimming advisory issued for two beaches on Manitoulin Island

High levels of bacteria found in Kagawong Village Beach and Providence Bay Beach, health unit warns
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Public Health Sudbury and District have issued swimming advisories for Kagawong Village Beach and Providence Bay Beach, as a result of routine water samples exceeding the acceptable bacteriological water quality standards. 

According to a press release issued Saturday, swimming advisories have been posted to inform the public that the beach water is not suitable for recreational use at this time. 

A swimming advisory is a precautionary notice that informs the public about specific risks to health and safety. 

"Going into the water when bacteria are present in high concentrations puts bathers at risk for infections," said the press release. 
"Illness can occur if swimmers swallow beach water; if water gets into their ears, eyes, or nose; or if it comes in contact with open wounds."

“We have enhanced our monitoring and will continue taking water samples,” said Cynthia Peacock-Rocca, a manager with Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ Environmental Health Division.

Public Health will notify the public when the bacteria levels return to acceptable standards for bathing beaches. 

More information on beach water quality can be found here