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Swim advisory on beach in Sanibel

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 09:43:10-04

UPDATE (9/27) -- The Florida Department of Health lifted the swim advisory at Tarpon Bay Beach on Friday, after tests shows that bacteria levels decreased.
SANIBEL, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Health has issued a no swim advisory for the beach at Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel.

Test results completed Thursday show excessive traces of the Enterococcus bacteria.

Water contact may pose an increased risk of disease, particularly for susceptible individuals. No wading or swimming is recommended at the beach.

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Beach bacteria sign on Sanibel on September 26, 2019.

The Florida DOH says Enterococcus bacteria normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals. The presence of an elevated concentration of these bacteria is an indicator of pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife or sewage.

New test results should be available for this beach on Friday.