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Beach advisory issued for Davis Islands until after Fourth of July

Beachgoers should think twice about getting in the water at Davis Islands Beach until after the Fourth of July, health officials said.

Levels of enterococci bacteria at the beach were higher than the threshold amount recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida Department of Health determined in tests of the site.

The waterfront poses a "potential risk" to beachgoers, but won't be closed to visitors, according to the department. Another test is scheduled July 5.

Enterococci bacteria, which can cause disease, infections and rashes, are usually found in human and animal intestines, according to the department. The bacteria can point to fecal pollution from stormwater runoff, animals or sewage, according to the department.

Other area beaches are not affected.

Beach advisory issued for Davis Islands until after Fourth of July 06/30/16 [Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2016 11:24am]
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