NEW JERSEY – More than a dozen beaches in Monmouth and Ocean counties are under water quality advisories due to elevated bacteria counts, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Samples from those coastal spots exceeded quality standards, the agency said, meaning the water “presents an increased risk of illness.”
While the beaches remain open and swimming is not prohibited, anyone wading into the water is urged to be cautious.
“Swimming in or contact with polluted water can cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, respiratory symptoms like sore throat, cough, runny nose, and sneezing, eye and ear symptoms including irritation, earache, and itchiness, dermatological symptoms like skin rash and itching, and flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills,” the agency said on its website.
Those symptoms are typically minor but can become more serious in children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Anyone with an open sore also should avoid swimming at those beaches under water quality advisories as potentially harmful bacteria could enter their bloodstream through the wound.
Earlier Wednesday, the agency’s website showed 19 beaches under a water quality advisory, but that figure has since dropped to 14.
As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, the advisories apply to these beaches:
- Deal, Philips Avenue
- Long Beach, Laird
- Manasquan, East Main
- Monmouth Beach, Pavilion Beach
- Beachwood Beach West
- Brick, Windward Beach
- Island Heights, Summit Avenue
- Lavallette, Brooklyn Avenue
- Ocean Gate, Anglesea
- Ocean Gate, Wildwood
- Pine Beach, West Beach Avon Road
- Pine Beach, East Beach Station Avenue
- Seaside Heights, Hancock
- Toms River, Shelter Cove