By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 11, 2020
JASPER, Fla. (WCTV) — The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton and Madison counties issued a joint health advisory Tuesday to residents near the Withlacoochee River in North Florida.
The DOH says the river may be contaminated with fecal bacteria.
The Department of Environmental Protection and DOH are conducting water sampling tests.
The DOH also says elevated fecal bacteria presents several health risks to humans, like gastrointestinal issues.
Anyone who comes into contact with the river water should wash thoroughly, especially before eating or drinking, DOH says.
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