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Fecal bacteria prompts swimming advisory for North Shore on Miami Beach

2 water samples taken at 73rd Street beach didn't meet federal standards

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – High levels of fecal bacteria have forced health officials to issue swimming advisories for the North Shore area of Miami Beach.

The Florida Department of Health issued the advisory for the 73rd Street beach off Collins Avenue after samples showed high levels of enterococci bacteria.

Two water samples exceeded the federal standards for enterocooci.

"Samples of beach water collected at North Shore in Miami Beach the most southern portion of Miami Beach did not meet the recreational water quality standard for enterococci," the Miami-Dade County office of the Department of Health said in its advisory.

Exposure to fecal bacteria, which can come from wildlife or human sewage, can lead to disease or infection.