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


If you’re planning a Gulf Coast vacation this summer, don’t forget to check for beach advisories about dangerous Enterococci bacteria before you take a dip.

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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. Enterococci ‘can be an indication of fecal pollution,’ the Florida Department of Health reports.

There’s some good news for travelers headed to Alabama: Officials say the waters there are ‘acceptable.’ Early Tuesday, Texas’ beaches also had no advisories, according to Texas Beach Watch.

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.’

Click the following links for the latest advisories:

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