Bacteria warning issued for Bay Area beach

Posted at 10:43 AM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 10:43:42-04

The Health Department has issued a warning for elevated bacteria levels at a Bay Area beach, citing a potential risk to the public.

A recent sampling found high levels of the enterococci bacteria at Bahia Beach near Ruskin, Fla. The bacteria is associated with fecal contamination and can result in disease, infection or rash.

The level deemed acceptable is based on EPA standards. Any reading higher than these standards prompts a warning from the local health department. 

The Hillsborough County Health Department says these sorts sorts of contaminations are typically due to storm water runoff, human sewage or pets and wildlife.

A re-sampling will take place May 31.