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Poop in the water at Miami Beach’s North Shore triggers swimming advisory

Local health officials are warning people against swimming at Miami Beach’s North Shore after tests found high levels of fecal bacteria in the water nearby.
Local health officials are warning people against swimming at Miami Beach’s North Shore after tests found high levels of fecal bacteria in the water nearby. Miami Herald File

Health officials are warning people against swimming at Miami Beach’s North Shore area after tests found high levels of fecal bacteria in the water nearby.

The Miami-Dade branch of the state Department of Health issued the swimming advisory Wednesday for the 73rd Street beach after water samples showed levels of the bacteria enterococci that exceeded federal standards.

“The results of the sampling indicate that water contact may pose an increased risk of illness, particularly for susceptible individuals,” the advisory said, warning would-be swimmers from taking a dip in the water.

The fecal bacteria, which is often found in the intestinal tracks of animals and humans, can end up in the water from storm runoff, wildlife, pets or sewage.

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