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Health advisory lifted for Simmons Park beach
Health advisory lifted for Simmons Park beach

Ruskin, Fla. -- UPDATE: The Health Advisory for Simmons Park beach has been lifted by the Hillsborough County Health Department.

The health advisory was issued on Thursday, Feb. 16 based on samples detecting the presence of enterococci bacteria.

The Hillsborough County Health Department has been conducting coastal beach water quality monitoring at nine sites once every two weeks since August 2000, and weekly since August 5, 2002 through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. The water samples are being analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine whether Florida has significant coastal beach water quality problems.

Department of Health's Internet Beach Water Quality website www.floridashealth.com/beachwater (To review the beach water sampling results for reporting counties, click on a county name).

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