SARASOTA, Fla. — Three Sarasota County beaches are under a “no swim” advisory after enterococcus bacteria was found at unacceptable limits.
The Sarasota Health Department issued the “no swim” advisory for Venice Beach, Brohard Beach and Lido Casino Beach.
Enterococci inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and a high level indicates fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. The bacteria can cause human disease, infections or rashes.
The health department reported no sewage spills have been reported within one mile of the posted beach in the past two weeks.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County expects to have the next round of test results available after 2 p.m. Thursday.
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