Swimming advisory in place at Sunny Isles Beach

Water collected didn't meet health standards

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SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. – A swimming advisory is in place in Sunny Isles Beach, the Florida Department of Health said Thursday.

The advisory was placed after water collected at Northeast 173rd Street and Collins Avenue did not meet water quality standards for enterococci.

The prevalence of enteric bacteria is an indicator of fecal pollution, which may be due to stormwater run-off, wildlife, pets and human sewage, the Florida Department of Health said.

Two consecutive samples collected at the beach exceeded the federal- and state-recommended standard for enterococci, which is greater than 70 colony forming units of enterococci per 100 millimeter for a single sample.

Swimming isn't recommended in the location.

"The water samples are being analyzed for enteric bacteria enterococci that normally inhabit the intestinal track of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections, or illness," the Florida Department of Health said.