Fecal pollution puts Tampa area beaches under 'health advisory'

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TAMPA, Fla. (WVLT/WTSP) -- Tampa area beaches are under a health advisory due to fecal pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency announced.

CBS affiliate WTSP reported that a health advisory was issued for Simmons Park and Cypress Point Beaches based on the amount of enterococci bacteria discovered.

It could be a potential risk for the "bathing public" after samples were taken on Wednesday, the EPA advised.

Enterococci bacteria, WTSP reported, are an indication of fecal pollution, which could be from stormwater runoff, pets, wildlife and human sewage.

WTSP reported that the beaches will be re-sampled on July 17. The advisory will be lifted if the amount of bacteria is within a satisfactory range.

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