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Davis Islands Beach health advisory lifted

A health advisory issued last week for Davis Islands Beach was lifted Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Health Department said.

A sampling Aug. 11 showed an unhealthy level of enterococci bacteria based on recommendations set by the Environment Protection Agency. However, a later test deemed the water quality to be satisfactory, the health department said.

The beach is on the southeast edge of Peter O. Knight Airport.

The county health department has been conducting beach monitoring weekly at nine sites through the Florida Healthy Beaches Program. For details, go to the state Department of Health website.

Enterococci bacteria are normally in intestinal tracts of humans and animals, and might cause human disease, infections or rashes. The presence of the bacteria indicates fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.

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