Swimmers warned: Lake Shore Park under notice of bacterial contamination | Local News

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TOWNSHIP OF ASHTABULA — A bacterial contamination advisory has been issued 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 Tuesday.

According to the ODH, 30 Ohio beaches were under notice Tuesday, including Cedar Point Beach.

Health officials said the advisories usually follow a period of wet and stormy weather. Heavy rains can wash bacteria into the lake through runoff, while strong winds can produce contaminants in the lake water.

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, health officials said.

The state regularly checks water quality at beaches between late May and late August, according to

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