E.coli O157 & Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome

Beaches closed to bathers after E.coli found in water

21st August 2012

Due to the heavy rainfall over the last two months, Cork County Council has advised that levels of E.coli at a number of Cork beaches have breached EU mandatory permitted values. Swimming has therefore been banned in blue flag beaches at Garretstown, Redbarn, and Garryvoe. Other impacted beaches include The Front Strand and Claycastle in Youghal, Coolmaine near Kilbrittain, and Oysterhaven.

The closures are a precautionary measure until the quality has been restored. Public notices are in place asking bathers not to swim in the effected beaches until further notice.

The European Union’s Bathing Water Directive sets the microbial standards for water quality at popular beaches and inland bathing sites that have been designated as bathing waters because they attract large numbers of bathers.

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