Lee County issues precautionary swim advisory for public beaches

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FORT MYERS, Fla. A precautionary swim advisory was issued Friday for all public beaches in Lee County due to potential effects on water quality related to Hurricane Irma.

Three environmental health strike teams were deployed to help assess water quality, according to a press release from the county. Testing results are expected to be complete in five days.

Until results are available, residents should assume that water contact may pose an increased risk of disease, particularly for immunocompromised individuals, county officials said.

Residents are also advised to avoid contact with floodwaters as it may contain fecal matter from sewage systems, county officials said. Floodwaters could also mask debris, downed power lines and septic tanks.

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