The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is warning beachgoers to stay out of the water at 21st Street in Miami Beach because of increased levels of fecal bacteria.
Officials sent an advisory Thursday afternoon advising people not swim in at Collins Park Beach because two consecutive water quality samples showed levels of enterococci that exceed state and federal standards.
“The results of the sampling indicate that water contact may pose an increased risk of illness, particularly for susceptible individuals,” reads a statement from the health department.
The prevalence of enteric bacteria indicates the presence of fecal pollution, which could come from stormwater runoff, human sewage, wildlife and pets.
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Health officials test water quality weekly at 17 sites on Miami-Dade’s shoreline.