British Columbia

3 more Metro Vancouver beaches closed for swimming due to E. coli

A reason for the spike in E. coli isn't known, but Vancouver Coastal Health Authority health says possible causes include sewage discharge from land or boats, increased numbers of humans, animals or waterfowl on the beach, or hot weather speeding up the growth of fecal bacteria in the water.

Warnings posted at Ambleside, Whytecliff, Sandy Cove, Kits and Sunset beaches

Vancouver Coastal Health has closed five ocean beaches in Metro Vancouver to swimming due to high levels of E. coli bacteria. (CBC)

Three more Vancouver-area beaches have been closed to swimmers due to high E. coli counts.

Ambleside Park, Whytecliff Park and Sandy Cove beaches in West Vancouver were closed Tuesday to swimmers, joining Kits Beach and Sunset Beach.

A reason for the spike isn't known, but Vancouver Coastal Health Authority health says possible causes include sewage discharge from land or boats, increased numbers of people, animals or waterfowl on the beach, or hot weather speeding up the growth of fecal bacteria in the water.

Signs have been placed at the beaches to remind visitors that the beaches are closed to swimming.

High levels of E. coli bacteria have been identified at all the locations, increasing the risk of gastro-intestinal illness for swimmers, waders, kayakers or anyone who comes in contact with the water.

The advisories will be lifted as soon as the E. coli levels drop. 

With files from the Canadian Press

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