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Health Department: Five Pinellas Beaches Declared Safe Again

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A health advisory was lifted at five Pinellas County beaches days after they were reported to have elevated levels of bacteria.

The presence of enteric bacteria in the water is thought to be caused by fecal pollution. The health department says this can come from storm water runoff, pets, wildlife and sewage.

The bacteria may cause disease, infections or rashes.

Honeymoon Island, Sand Key Park, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach's Archibald Park and Redington Shores are open and safe for swimmers, according to the Pinellas County Health Department.

The Pinellas County Health Department conducts saltwater beach testing through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.

The next routine sampling will be conducted on Monday, July 30.

Water quality classifications are based upon the United States Environmental Protection Agency's recommended standard for enterococci of no more than 104 colony forming units per 100 milliliters of marine water.