Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Water at Ben T. Davis beach has high levels of bacteria, health officials warn

TAMPA — Hillsborough County health officials are warning bathers to stay out of the water at Ben T. Davis beach due to a high concentration of bacteria in the water.

Samples taken from the water off Ben T. Davis beach this week were above the Environmental Protection Agency's threshold for enterococci bacteria.

If infected by the bacteria, people may suffer numerous conditions, including urinary tract infections, inner-abdominal infections, presence of bacteria in the blood and even meningitis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Exposure also could lead to skin rashes and other infections, county health officials said.

The water will be retested at the end of the month, at which point the ban will be lifted if the bacteria level has decreased to a safe range, officials said Friday.

The presence of this kind of bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage, health officials said.

The Environmental Protection Agency's threshold for acceptable enterococci contamination is 104 colony-forming units per 100 millimeters of marine water.

Water at Ben T. Davis beach has high levels of bacteria, health officials warn 04/27/12 [Last modified: Friday, April 27, 2012 3:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Recipe for Chicken Wings with Coconut Sweet Potato Puree

    Cooking

    This dish is an homage to one of my favorite Epcot International Food and Wine Festival dishes: Grilled Beef Skewer With Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree from the Patagonia kiosk. A boniato is a sweet potato with whiter flesh and a typically sweeter flavor. I use standard sweet potatoes in this recipe, plus a little …

    Chicken Wings with Sweet Potato Puree. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  2. Rubio attacked for not attacking 'Antifa'

    Blogs

    The far right is angry with Sen. Marco Rubio for condemning white nationalist groups in Charlottesville -- and faulting President Trump for not doing some more clearly – while not …

  3. Prosecutors tried to delay a trial because of the eclipse. Florida judge cited 'Star Trek' in ruling

    Criminal

    The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but they cannot be stopped by Monday's total eclipse, a judge has ruled.

    Schweta Kulkarni, from left, Rhea Kulkarni and Saanvi Kulkarni, from Seattle, try out their eclipse glasses on the sun at a gathering of eclipse viewers in Salem, Ore., early Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) ORDR102
  4. Top 5 at Noon: Mayoral race affects ballpark decision; stream the eclipse live

    News

    Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:

    Looking east at Tropicana Field and downtown St. Petersburg.  SCOTT KEELER    |    Times

  5. Full disclosure: My AP Top 25 ballot

    Blogs

    Now that you've seen the preseason AP Top 25, here's what I submitted in my first year as a voter. The AP doesn't give us many guidelines in the preseason. I didn't try to predict how …