Swim Advisory Issued for Several Miami-Dade Beaches

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A swimming advisory was issued for several beaches in Miami-Dade after water samples showed high levels of fecal bacteria, according to the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade.

Officials say the beach sites did not meet the Federal and State recommended water quality standard for enterococci, which is bacteria commonly found in feces.

The beaches included in the advisory are Crandon North, Crandon South, Virginia Key Beach, Dog Beach Rickenbacker Causeway, Cape Florida, and Key Biscayne (Beach Club).

The advisory recommends not swimming in any of the beaches until the advisory has been lifted.

“The results of the sampling indicate that water contact may pose an increased risk of illness, particularly for susceptible individuals,” the DOH said in a press release.

Enterococci are normally found in the intestinal tract of humans and animals and can cause diseases, infections or illnesses for humans such as urinary tract infections and, though less frequently, meningitis and pneumonia.


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