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Swimming advisory lifted for Haulover Beach

Advisory posted April 8 due to high levels of enterococci

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HAULOVER BEACH, Fla. – Florida Department of Health officials have lifted a swimming advisory at Haulover Park North Beach and Haulover Park South Beach.

The advisory was posted April 8 after water samples did not meet the water quality standard for enterococci.

Officials advised the public not to swim at those locations 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 are normally found in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals. The health department said it can cause diseases, infections and illness, and is "an indicator of fecal pollution."

Officials said the most recent water samples showed "satisfactory microbial water quality."

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