Update (April 14, 2015): The advisory has been lifted.
The Florida Department of Health recommends that swimmers skip the beach at Haulover Park for now.
Water samples collected during routine checks at Haulover’s North and South beaches showed levels of enterococci bacteria that exceed federal standards, the agency said in a statement Wednesday.
The results mean that swimmers are at an increased risk of infection.
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Enterococci are normally found in human and animal intestines; “the prevalence of enteric bacteria is an indicator of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water run-off, wildlife, pets and human sewage,” the agency said.
The level of bacteria was reported to be greater than 104 colony-forming units per 100 milliliters for a single sample.