As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Bird droppings cause problems for Daytona Beach swimmers

By Saul Saenz, Volusia County Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, January 01, 2015, 6:38 PM

DAYTONA BEACH -- 

Some Volusia County beaches have high levels of bacteria which can make swimmers sick. An advisory issued Wednesday deemed the water at several beaches off Daytona Beach unfit to swim in.

Despite the advisory, supporters of our nation's veterans took a polar plunge in 65 degree waters Wednesday.

Not far away, seagulls and other birds are dropping waste along their migratory pattern, which cause unsafe levels of enterococci bacteria.

"I wouldn't let my son go in today," said concerned parent Jason Mahle.

"There's a bunch of bacteria in it. I wouldn't wanna jump in there cause you could get sick and all that," added his son, Owen Mahle.

Florida Health Department workers in Volusia County said that bacteria from the bird's droppings can cause gastrointestinal illness, upper respiratory infections, or skin infections if open wounds or sores exist.

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