Nova Scotia

Bacteria closes Point Michaud Beach

Point Michaud Beach in Cape Breton has been closed until further notice because of high levels of bacteria.

Point Michaud Beach in Cape Breton has been closed until further notice because of high levels of bacteria.

Linda Passerini, an environmental health consultant with Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, said high levels of the bacteria enterococci were found in the water at the popular beach.

"The acceptable level for the Canadian guidelines for recreational water quality for enterococci in saltwater is 35 colonies per 100 ml., " Passerini said Thursday.

"Two samples were taken and both samples were above that threshold. So, as a precaution we closed the beach to swimming. Sampling will continue until that level comes below that threshold value."

Passerini said they aren't sure what caused the high bacteria levels at the Richmond County beach.

The bacteria is normally found in human feces and many animals.

The water will be tested every 24 to 48 hours until the levels go down, she said, and the beach will be reopened.

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