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Photo: Chris O'Meara
Photo: Chris O'Meara

Headed to the Gulf Coast? Check for beach advisories about dangerous bacteria first

According to WAFB, health officials are warning people to avoid the water at some beaches in Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi because of the disease- and infection-causing bacteria from fecal matter. Enterococci "can be an indication of fecal pollution," the Florida Department of Health reports.

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Texas' Galveston County Health District points out that "advisories are NOT related to Vibrio bacteria, commonly referred to as 'flesh-eating bacteria,'" which is "naturally occurring and frequently present in salt and brackish water."

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