Two Puerto Escondido beaches are among 14 considered unsuitable for recreational use due to high bacteria levels.
Puerto Angelito and Playa Principal were on the list of unsafe beaches prepared by the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris).
The 12 other beaches are in the states of Baja California, Chiapas, Guerrero, Jalisco and Veracruz.
The agency analyzed conditions at 289 beaches in 17 coastal states, using 2,100 seawater samples in search of the Enterococcus faecalis bacterium to determine which were suitable for recreational use.
Safe beaches are those under the maximum limit of 200 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water.
In response to the findings, Oaxaca Health Services (SSO) reported that it had conducted recent sampling and testing, and that the new, favorable results had already been sent to Cofepris.
SSO accepted the original results found by the federal agency, but said immediate preventive actions were carried out in early July in order to achieve “optimal conditions on the aforementioned beaches and prevent health risks.”
The state government said it had observed that the 17 beaches with up-to-date test results in Oaxaca are within the permitted limits.
SSO analyzed six beaches in the Huatulco area and four in Puerto Ángel, along with seven in Puerto Escondido: Puerto Angelito, Carrizalillo, Zicatela I, Zicatela II, Marinero, Principal and Bacocho.
In its ongoing efforts to guarantee the wellbeing of residents and visitors during one of the busiest tourist seasons in the year, SSO reported that it has conducted verifications of establishments that sell food and seafood, water purification plants, and ice factories in the region.
With reports by El Universal