HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is warning swimmers to stay out of the water at E.G. Simmons Park Beach, Picnic Island Park Beach and Ben T. Davis Park Beach.
The health department has issued a health advisory for the beaches after recent sampling of the waters off the beaches detected high levels of enterococci bacteria, which may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
The presence of this bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution caused by pets and wildlife, human sewage or storm water runoff.
The health department says this should be considered a potential health risk to swimmers.
The water will be tested again on Monday and the advisory will be lifted once health officials determine it is safe.
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