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Public Health Update 
8 October 2014 – Ebola Update:
The Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment today confirmed that no cases of Ebola have occurred in Bermuda thus far and that planning exercises involving multiple agencies are ongoing in an effort to coordinate Ebola preparedness and assure the island remains protected. The Ministry continues to advise avoidance of non-essential travel to Ebola-affected areas.
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6 October 2014 – Ebola Update:
On 30 September 2014, the CDC (Atlanta) confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. CDC has developed the following resource - "
What you need to know about Ebola". The Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment (Bermuda) continues to work with local and regional public health partners in accordance with recommendations from the World Health Organization to prevent or reduce the international spread of disease and avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic. For more information about international health regulations and the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa please visit the WHO Global Alert and Response website. The Ministry continues to advise avoidance of non-essential travel to Ebola-affected areas.
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Seawater Monitoring Programme for Bathing Beaches  
 
Program Overview

The Department of Health routinely samples and tests seawater from Bermuda's beaches for enterococci, a group of bacteria which are used as indicators of faecal pollution. Enterococci are present in human and animal waste and can enter marine waters from a variety of sources such as storm water runoff, animal and seabird waste, failing septic systems, sewage effluent, or boating waste.

We follow the US EPA Recreational Water Quality Criteria for Marine Water, which are based on extensive scientific studies and projects. The recent 2012 guidelines recommend that culturable enterococci for marine bathing waters do not exceed a geometric mean of 35 colony forming units (cfu) per 100milliltres of water over a 30 day period. Also, a single value of 130 cfu enterococci per 100ml should not be exceeded by more than 10% of the samples taken at that particular location.

During the peak months of May to September, Environmental Health Officers typically collect water samples at the most popular beaches with the larger beaches having multiple sampling points. As a result,  approximately sixteen samples are collected twice a week.

Test results are available in 24 hours and if enterococci levels exceed 130 cfu/100ml at any location, that location is resampled and re-tested. To date, when this has occurred, re-testing has shown that the enterococci count has decreased to an acceptable level.

The following table summarizes the water quality based on samples collected for the period indicated.

 
Department of Health

On-Shore Seawater Sampling 2014 for the period of 21 Jan. – 4 Sept. 2014

 

West End Sampling Sites Chart
West End Sampling Sites
[PDF 180 Kb]
Central Sampling Sites Chart
Central Sampling Sites
[PDF 180 Kb]
East End Sampling Sites Chart
East End Sampling Sites
[PDF 180 Kb]

Site

Number of Samples

Monitoring Frequency
(peak months)

Meets EPA Recreational Water Quality Criteria

Elbow Beach - Central

44 

2/week

Yes

Elbow Beach - East

44 

2/week

Yes

Elbow Beach - West

44 

2/week

Yes

Grape Bay

44 

2/week

Yes

Horseshoe Bay - West

44 

2/week

Yes

Horseshoe Bay - East

44 

2/week

Yes

Hungry Bay

43 

2/week

Yes

Warwick Long Bay

44 

2/week

Yes

John Smiths Bay

43 

2/week

Yes

Clearwater Beach

41 

2/week

Yes

Shelly Bay

43 

2/week

Yes

Tobacco Bay

42 

2/week

Yes

Snorkel Park

44 

2/week

Yes


References

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: 2012 Recreational Water Criteria

Water Sampling Results

Further Information

2013-2014 STEPS to a Well Bermuda 
STEPS@gov.bm

Click here to view the STEPS Frequently Asked Questions

Participants:

By now you may have received a postcard indicating that your household has been selected for STEPs to a Well Bermuda. If you have any queries  about the STEPS process, please email steps@gov.bm. You may also view the Participant Information Form here.

We thank you for your anticipated cooperation,
The STEPs to a Well Bermuda Team

 

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