Bacteria detected in North Shore Park water

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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. The public is advised not to enter the water at North Shore Park due to high levels of bacteria, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County said on Thursday.

The water does not meet the safety criteria for escherichia coli bacteria, health officials said. 

The bacteria is associated with an increased risk of swimming-associated gastroenteritis illness which can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain, according to health officials.

The advisory will continue until new test results are available on May 2.

The park, located at the foot of the U.S. 41 bridge, is used primarily by boaters and anglers. North Shore Park is posted year-round as a non-swimming beach.

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