CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) is removing its advisory about high bacteria levels at Fort Island Beach.
Tests completed for Enterococcus bacteria in water samples taken on July 17 showed levels under the beach action value.
Enterococcus bacteria normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals.
An elevated concentration of these bacteria indicates pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife, or sewage.
Elevated levels of Enterococcus bacteria have been associated with an increased risk of swimming-associated illness.
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