Health advisory issued for Santa Rosa Sound from Brooks Bridge to Hurlburt Field

Tom McLaughlin
Northwest Florida Daily News

FORT WALTON BEACH — A health advisory has been issued for the waters of the Santa Rosa Sound from the Brooks Bridge to Hurlburt Field.

A wastewater spill near Sleepy Hollow Road in Mary Esther is being cited as the cause in a news release issued by the Okaloosa County division of the Florida Department of Health. 

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The contaminated wastewater may contain untreated human sewage that could cost gastrointestinal and other diseases, the Department of Health said.

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) conducts weekly saltwater beach water quality monitoring at 11 sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.

Anyone coming into contact with the affected waterway should wash thoroughly, especially before eating or drinking, the news release said. Children and older adults, as well as people with weakened immune systems, are particularly vulnerable to disease.

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Jacobs Engineering Group is conducting water quality monitoring and testing, and the health advisory will be lifted when the danger has subsided, the Health Department said.