MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A no swimming advisory has been lifted for the North Shores Beach area of Miami Beach.

Water tests have come back exceeding quality specifications for enteric bacteria, enterococci, and the Florida Department of Health decided the advisory was no longer necessary.

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Two consecutive water samples taken from the waters off 73rd Street and Collins Avenue showed higher than acceptable levels of enterococci earlier in the week. The results indicated that water contact could have posed an increased risk of illness, particularly for susceptible individuals.

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Enteric bacteria, enterococci, is normally found in animal and human intestinal tracks.  The fecal pollution comes from storm water run-off, wildlife, pets and human sewage.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County has been conducting marine beach water quality monitoring at 17 sites, including North Shores Beach, weekly since August 2002, through the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.

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