August 9, 2018 11:21 am

Swim advisory issued for Centennial Beach and Minets Point Beach after elevated bacteria levels recorded

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit office in Barrie.

Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Swim advisories have been issued for Minets Point Beach and Centennial Beach in Barrie due to elevated levels of bacteria.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) issued the advisories on Wednesday.

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A swimming advisory is issued when bacteria levels exceed those considered acceptable by the SMDHU.

According to the advisories, elevated bacteria levels may increase the risk of minor skin, eye, ear, nose and throat infections, as well as stomach illnesses.

While an advisory is not a beach closure, the city recommends that those who choose to swim during an advisory avoid dunking their heads and swallowing the water.

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