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DOH-Volusia - Swim Advisory Issued for Main Street, International Speedway Blvd, And Silver Beach Avenue Areas of Beach

February 22, 2019

Daytona Beach, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County has issued a swim advisory for the three beach areas in Daytona Beach: Main Street, International Speedway Boulevard and Silver Beach Avenue. The advisory is a result of recent water sampling conducted as part of the of the Healthy Beaches Program.Advisory signs have been posted.

This is a precautionary advisory and not a closure.

A swim advisory means that contact with the water may pose an increased risk of infectious disease based upon Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria, and swimming is not recommended at this time.

These sites represent a small section of Volusia County's coastline. The Healthy Beaches Program monitors 13 sites that span more than 40 miles of Volusia County's beaches. Bacteria levels were acceptable at all other sites tested. The advisory only is for the areas listed. The advisory will be lifted when bacteria levels drop.

Every two weeks, the department analyzes ocean water samples for enterococci bacteria. Enterococci bacteria can be found in the intestinal tract of humans and other animals. Associated bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illness, upper respiratory infections, or skin infections if open wounds or sores exist.

During recent sampling, bacteria levels at the affected sites ranged from 85 to 156 enterococci colony forming units (CFU) per 100 mL of marine water.

Established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, enterococci single sample criteria are:

Good: 0-35 Enterococci CFU per 100 ml of marine water

Moderate: 36-70 Enterococci CFU per 100 ml of marine water

Poor (unsatisfactory): 71 or greater Enterococci CFU per 100 ml of marine water

Additional ocean water samples will be collected Friday. Results are expected Saturday. If those results are at acceptable levels, the advisory will be lifted.

A historical list of sampling results for Volusia County is online.

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