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Bacteria might pose risk to Brasher Park swimmers

(ran North, South editions)

Health officials have issued a water advisory for Brasher Park Beach in Port Richey after finding high levels of potentially harmful bacteria in the water. The bacteria are an indication of fecal pollution, which could come from stormwater runoff, animal waste or human sewage, the Pasco County Health Department said. Officials say the water could pose "a potential health risk to the bathing public." Similar advisories remain in effect at Robert K. Rees Park Beach, the Energy and Marine Center and Robert J. Strickland Beach, also known as Hudson Beach.

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