Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Health

Health officials warn of high bacteria levels at Davis Islands Beach

TAMPA — Health officials have issued an advisory for swimmers, warning of high bacteria levels at Davis Islands Beach.

Water samples taken Monday showed above-average levels of enterococci bacteria, the Hillsborough County Health Department said.

Enterococci bacteria usually signal fecal pollution from animal waste, human sewage or storm runoff. Swimmers should avoid the area because the bacteria can cause diseases, infections or rashes, the health department said.

Officials are scheduled to retest the water Monday. If bacteria levels have dropped by that time, they will cancel the advisory.

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