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Three Miami Beaches Found With High Levels of Intestinal Bacteria: No-Swim Advisories Posted

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Enteric bacteria belongs inside your intestinal track, not in your ocean water.

Three beach areas in Miami-Dade have been hit with no-swim advisories after unsafe levels of the bacteria were found in the water. The Miami-Dade County Health Department is carrying out further tests.

The advisories were posted at Crandon Park South, Sunny Isles Park (174th Street & Collins Avenue), and North Shore Park (74th Street & Collins Avenue). Water tests at the beaches exceeded the maximum levels of bacteria recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The agency warns that "water contact may pose an increased risk of illness, particularly for susceptible individuals."

CBS Miami reports that further water tests are being conducted to detect enteric bacteria (enterococci). Usually found in the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, the bacteria could cause illness.

Higher levels of the bacteria in water could come from storm water run-off, wildlife, pets and human sewage. Yep, poop.

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