Swimmers beware: High bacteria levels on Lake Shore Park beach | Local News

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TOWNSHIP OF ASHTABULA — A bacterial contamination advisory was issued Wednesday for Lake Shore Park Beach, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The advisory was issued due to high levels of bacteria found in state-tested water samples, according to the ODH website.

A notice is posted when “the level of bad bacteria in the water has reached dangerous levels and could make you sick,” according to the site.

In such cases, the state health department advises children, the elderly, and those in poor health not to swim. No one is prohibited from using the beach. Lake Shore Park is the only public beach in Ashtabula County under notice since Wednesday.

According to the ODH, 25 beaches in Ohio were under advisory on Wednesday, including the beach at Kelly’s Island State Park.

Health officials said the advisories usually follow a period of wet weather, but that’s not the case this time around.

Recent high winds have caused contaminants in the lake’s water, leading to this latest advisory, health officials said.

Problems can arise when a swimmer ingests contaminated lake water. Stomach pain, earache, nausea, and vomiting may result.

As a general rule, people should avoid beaches a day or two after heavy rain or wind, health officials said.

The state regularly monitors water quality on beaches between late May and late August, according to the ODH.

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