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Health officials warn of high bacteria counts off Treasure Island beach

Health officials issued a warning Thursday about the water off the Treasure Island beach: It might have high levels of bacteria.

The Pinellas County Health Department said a test of the salt water at the city of St. Petersburg's Municipal Beach at Treasure Island found high levels of enteric bacteria, which is found in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. The microscopic bacteria could have come from stormwater runoff, animals or sewage.

Officials said the beach was "a potential health risk to swimmers," as the bacteria can cause infections, rashes or disease.

The next beach water sampling is scheduled for Monday.

Health officials warn of high bacteria counts off Treasure Island beach 10/21/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 21, 2010 9:55pm]
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