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DOH-Volusia - Swim Advisory Issued for Toronita Avenue Area of Beach

March 21, 2019

Daytona Beach, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County has issued a swim advisory for the beach area at Toronita Avenue in Wilbur by the Sea. 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.

This site represents 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. The 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 site were 108 enterococcus 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 were taken today. If the results are at acceptable levels, the advisory will be lifted.

Beach advisories are not uncommon at this time of the year. While the cause of the increased levels for this advisory is unknown, possible causes include migratory birds in the area and currents and swells that affect how swiftly the ocean water is moving near the shoreline.

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

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