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

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Credit: Chris O'Meara

Credit: Chris O'Meara

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.

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 from fecal matter. Enterococci "can be an indication of fecal pollution," the Florida Department of Health reports.

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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: