High levels of bacteria detected at Tampa's Ben T. Davis beach

TAMPA — A health advisory was issued Wednesday for Ben T. Davis beach after water samples indicated high levels of bacteria, the Hillsborough health department said.

The samples taken Monday showed the level of enteric bacteria was above the threshold recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, causing the water to be "a potential risk to the bathing public," officials said.

The beach will be resampled July 1.

Found in the intestinal tracts of animals and humans, high levels of enteric bacteria may cause disease, infections or rashes.

If infected by the bacteria, people may contract several health problems, including urinary tract infections, inner abdominal infections and meningitis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Stormwater runoff, human sewage, and animals can cause the high levels of bacteria.

High levels of bacteria detected at Tampa's Ben T. Davis beach 06/27/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 27, 2013 2:16pm]

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