Update, Aug. 23:
Health officials Friday have lifted the swimming advisory for all of the beaches listed below based on satisfactory microbial water quality test results.
The Florida Department of Health issued a swimming advisory Wednesday for numerous South Florida beaches due to high levels of bacteria in the water.
Visitors are encouraged to not swim at the following beach sites:
• Surfside 93rd Street
• North Shore 73rd Street
• Collins Park 21st Street
• South Beach (Collins Avenue and South Pointe Drive)
• Virginia Beach
• Crandon North and Crandon South
Health officials said water samples from these areas exceeded the federal and state recommended standard for enterococci.
The advisory has been issued until further notice. Contact with the water may pose an increased risk of illness.
Enterococci are normally found in the intestinal tract of humans and animals and can cause diseases, infections or illnesses for humans such as urinary tract infections and, though less frequently, meningitis and pneumonia.
For more information, visit www.flhealth.gov.