Beware of beach bacteria before going for swim

Health advisories issued for more Florida beaches due to fecal pollution


MIAMI – Make sure to check all warnings before diving into the surf at the beach this summer.

The Florida Department of Health reported that "No Swim" advisories have been posted at more state beaches following test results showing fecal pollution in the water.

Until Thursday morning, the department claimed the warnings were for six beaches in Okaloosa County and two in Walton County. All are located in the Florida Panhandle and include popular vacation beaches.

However, those warnings were removed from the DOH website and replaced with health advisories. The DOH says a member of their staff accidentally posted the incorrect information.

All Florida beaches are tested for the enterococci bacteria which could be an indication of fecal pollution.

The Florida Department of Health said the bacteria inhabits the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, causing possible disease, infections or rashes.

Beaches in Miami-Dade and Broward have registered "poor" ratings during recent tests, although no swim advisories have been issued.

CLICK HERE to check how Florida beaches fared in its latest test for bacteria.

Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories are:

Good = 0-35 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water

Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water

Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water