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Health advisory lifted at Ben T. Davis, Picnic Island beaches

A health advisory issued last week by the Hillsborough County Health Department advising people of dangerous enterococci bacteria levels at Ben T. Davis Beach and Picnic Island has been lifted.

Testing shows that bacterial levels are now satisfactory at the Tampa beaches, based on standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency, the health department said.

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.

The county’s Health Department has been conducting beach monitoring at nine sites once every two weeks since August 2000 and weekly since August 2002 through the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.

Beachgoers can go to the state Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website www.floridashealth.com/beachwater to find more information on beaches.

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