Swimming advisory posted at Haulover Park

High levels of enterococci found, indicates fecal pollution

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HAULOVER BEACH, Fla. – Florida Department of Health officials have posted swimming advisories at Haulover Park North Beach and Haulover Park South Beach after water samples did not meet the water quality standard for enterococci.

Officials advise the public not to swim at these locations at this time, because the water could increase the risk of illness.

Officials said the water has been tested weekly since August 2002, and water samples are collected to be analyzed for enteric bacteria and enterococci.

Enterococci is normally found in the intestinal track of humans and animals. The health department said it can cause diseases, infections and illness, and is "an indicator of fecal pollution."

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