Swim advisories issued for 6 areas of beach in Volusia County

The holiday weekend is expected to be a busy one along Volusia County beaches.
The holiday weekend is expected to be a busy one along Volusia County beaches.

The Florida Department of Health - Volusia County on Wednesday issued a precautionary swim advisory for six areas of the county's beaches, according to a press release.

The health department states this is a precautionary swim advisory and not a closure of the beaches.

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The advisories were issued after a recent water sampling conducted as part of the Healthy Beaches Program, which monitors 10 sites spanning more that 40 miles of Volusia County's beaches.

The areas of concern are:

  • Silver Beach Ave., Daytona Beach

  • Frank Rendon Park, Daytona Beach Shores

  • Dunlawton Ave., Daytona Beach Shores

  • Toronto Ave., Wilbur-by-the-Sea

  • South Jetty, New Smyrna Beach

  • 27th Ave., New Smyrna Beach

A swim advisory means there's an increased risk of infectious disease for those who come in contact with the water based on Environmental Protection Agency criteria, according to the release. The health department recommends that people not swim in these specific areas at this time.

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Bacteria levels at the other locations were deemed acceptable, according to the health department.

Every two weeks, ocean water samples are analyzed for enterococci bacteria, according to the press release. Enterococci bacteria can be found in the intestinal tract of humans and animals. Associated bacteria can cause gastrointestinal illness, upper respiratory infections, or skin infections if open wounds or sores exist.

The swim advisory will be lifted when bacteria levels drop.

Nikki Ross covers K-12 education, health and COVID-19 for the Daytona Beach News-Journal. She can be reached at nikki.ross@news-jrnl.com or follow her on Twitter @nikkiinreallife.

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