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Cofepris warns of contaminated beaches in Baja California

The organization recommends avoiding these sites until local authorities take action on the matter.

On March 27, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks reported that Tijuana I and Hermosa de Ensenada beaches, both located in the state of Baja California, exceeded the established limits for enterococci, which caused them to be considered unfit for recreational use.

Two other beaches in Jalisco, Los Muertos and Cuale in Puerto Vallarta, also registered an important increase in the amount of these bacteria, and were declared non-functional for the time being. In previous days, the government of Ensenada announced the indefinite closure of Hermosa beach for the same reason.

While such beaches in Baja California and Jalisco are part of the scarce 1.89% that are not considered for their optimal functioning, the laboratory analysis made to more than 265 beaches located in the 17 coastal states of Mexico indicated that 98.11% of the Mexican beaches are available for their use since they presented an adequate level of enterococci, this according to that established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Considering the sanitary emergency caused by the coronavirus in which the whole world is currently, the cofepris emphasized that the measure of water quality does not provide any security for the reopening of beaches, nor does it predispose them as apt to be visited.

In a statement, the organization highlighted the importance of following instructions from the respective local governments of each entity, in addition to the measures indicated by the Secretariat of Health (SS) at federal and state level on the use of mobility and coexistence in public spaces.


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