Health Advisory issued for Hillsborough County beach

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Health Advisory has been issued for Davis Islands Beach based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the EPA.

Samples taken on Monday showed the growth of enterococci bacteria. The beach will be re-sampled, next Monday, July 4th 2016.

The advisory will be removed when tests show there is no more concern of bacteria in the water.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recommended standard for enterococci of no more than 104 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of marine water.

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County monitors the water quality at nine sites weekly, since August 2002.

Enterococci bacteria, which normally inhabits the intestinal tract of humans and animals, may cause human disease, infections or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife and human sewage.

For more information please visit the Florida Department of Health’s Beach Water Quality website at

Here are some quick links to check out other beaches on the Gulf Coast: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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