Bacteria report prompts 'no swimming' advisory for Key Biscayne

Authorities want swimmers to avoid Crandon South, Crandon North, Beach Club


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Although it's probably way too cold for anyone from Miami to go swimming anyway, health officials reported finding a bacteria that makes it unsafe to swim at some of the most popular beaches in Key Biscayne.  

Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County investigators warned on Thursday that they detected enterococci bacteria -- which is an indicator of fecal contamination -- in water samples they collected at Crandon South, Crandon North and the Beach Club. 

The samples  exceeded the federal and state recommended standard for the bacteria, which could make swimmers with compromised immune systems sick. It can cause ear, eye, nose and throat infections. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, headache and fever. 

For more information about the public safety testing and advisory, call 850-245-4240 or e-mail AskEH@flhealth.gov.

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