Health advisories in effect for Tampa Bay area beaches

(WFLA) – Officials issued a health advisory Wednesday for Hillsborough County’s Ben T. Davis Beach and Davis Islands Beach because of enterococci bacteria.

“This should be considered a potential risk to the bathing public,” officials said. “Water quality categorizations are based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for enterococci is that beaches with a beach action value of 70.5 or higher are given an advisory.”

The beach will be sampled again on Monday, Sept. 12.

Meanwhile, advisories remain in effect for Robert J. Strickland Beach and Anclote River Park Beach.

“The water samples are being analyzed for enterococci enteric bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections or rashes,” officials said. “The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.”

Meanwhile, officials lifted bacteria advisories at four Pinellas County beaches.

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