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Vancouver’s Sunset Beach closed to swimming due to high E. coli count

High levels of E. coli can lead to gastrointestinal illness in swimmers along with skin, ear, eye and throat infections

“No Swimming” signs have been posted at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach due to high levels of E. coli in the water.

A reading of 200 E. coli per 100 millilitres or higher can lead to an advisory that the water isn’t suitable for swimming. According to a notice from Vancouver Coastal Health, a water sample taken Saturday at the popular West End beach came back with a reading of 1,375 E. coli per 100 mL.

E. coli bacteria in the water is caused by fecal contamination.

The public is advised not to swim or wade in the water off Sunset Beach until the advisory is removed.

High levels of E. coli can lead to gastrointestinal illness in swimmers along with skin, ear, eye and throat infections. Seniors, infants and children, and people with weakened immunity, are the most at-risk.

https://theprovince.com/news/vancouvers-sunset-beach-closed-to-swimming-due-to-high-e-coli-count/wcm/8ee14e41-38f2-4719-93c5-59c96b771132

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