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Health advisory issued for Davis Islands Beach

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The Hillsborough County Department of Health has issued a health advisory for Davis Islands Beach Wednesday.

The advisory was based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria levels recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Officials say swimming at Davis Islands Beach poses a potential risk for health-related issues such as human disease, infections, or rashes. 

Samples taken Monday were above the threshold for enterococci bacteria. Officials say the beach will be re-sampled, Monday, June 17, 2013.  The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.

Once re-sampling indicates that the water is within the satisfactory range, the advisory will be lifted.

Water quality categorizations are based upon:  The EPA's recommended standard for enterococci of no more than 104 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of marine water.

Department of Health's Internet Beach Water Quality website (To review the beach water sampling results for reporting counties, click on a county name).


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