Microbes have made their way into water after heavy rain, raising risk of illnesses like gastro and diarrhoea, authorities say

Melbourne residents are being urged to hit the swimming pool instead of the beach as Victoria’s ongoing floods continue to contaminate waterways.

Victoria’s chief environmental scientist, Mark Taylor, said microbes had made their way into waterways after heavy rains, bringing the risk of pollution, mosquitoes and water-borne diseases.

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