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Health advisory issued for water at the Ben T. Davis Beach and E.G. Simmons Park

A health advisory has been issued for the Ben T. Davis Beach and E.G. Simmons Park after dangerous levels of bacteria were found in saltwater there.

The Hillsborough County Health Department said testing revealed risky levels of enterococci bacteria, and visitors should stay out of the water until re-sampling shows that the water is safe.

That type of bacteria is normally found in human and animals' intestines, the department states. High levels of it in beach water may indicate pollution from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife or human sewage. It can cause disease, infections or rashes.

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Health advisory issued for water at the Ben T. Davis Beach and E.G. Simmons Park 08/20/09 [Last modified: Thursday, August 20, 2009 1:06pm]

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