UPDATE: Advisory lifted for St. Andrews Bay after raw sewage spill

The St. Andrews Bay is under an advisory after The City of Panama City reports a spill of 180 gallons of raw sewage. (Pixabay)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE 11/04/2019 11:55 a.m.:

The advisory has been lifted by the Bay County Health Department.

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The St. Andrews Bay is under an advisory after The City of Panama City reports a spill of 180 gallons of raw sewage.

Officials say the spill is due to a blockage in a force main at 30 W Government Street in Panama City.

The spill is stopped, equipment repairs are done, and clean up actions are already complete.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County, DOH-Bay says sewage contamination of water can expose swimmers to intestinal viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

Swimmers may have symptoms like food poisoning with vomiting and diarrhea.

Infection are also possible in open cuts and wounds that come in contact with the water.

The DOH-Bay advises against swimming in St. Andrews Bay from the Panama City Marina to Moore Circle until further notice.

The water will be tested and once levels are safe, the advisory will be lifted.

For more information, contact the DOH-Bay’s Environmental Health at 850-481-4806 or visit Bay.FloridaHealth.gov.

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