Two of Valencia’s top beaches have been closed due to high levels of E. coli in the water just as hordes of Brits head to the area for their summer holidays.
According to local media, the Valencia City Council has closed the beaches Malvarrosa and Devesa in the eastern Spanish autonomous community of Valencia.
Official sources said that Cabanya Beach remains open for now and the situation will continue to be monitored.
According to reports, the local authorities detected high levels of the E. coli bacteria in the water, but have not reported any problems with nearby water treatment plants.
It is suspected that affected irrigation water could have entered the supply and caused the rise in bacteria levels.
In mid-June, the councils of Valencia and Alboraya closed the beaches of Malvarrosa, Cabanyal and Patacona after coliform bacteria was found in the water.
At the end of June, the beaches of Patacona and Port Saplaya Nord were closed for the same reason, according to reports.
Escherichia coli is a rod-shaped coliform bacterium that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms.
Common symptoms of intestinal infection due to E. coli include abdominal cramping, sudden diarrhoea, loss of appetite or nausea, fatigue and fever.
According to Spain’s ‘Instituto Nacional de Estadistica’ (INE; the National Office of Statistics), 303,160 people from the United Kingdom visited Valencia in May this year.
In total, 1.98 million Brits visited Spain in May 2019, according to Statistics on Tourist Movement on Borders (Frontur).
The same study said that 6.2 million Brits have holidayed in Spain in the first five months of the year, topping the list.
Tourists from Germany and France came second and third respectively. Meanwhile, 18.5 million people from the UK visited Spain during 2018.
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