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Bacteria three times state limit found in Southport waters, swimming advisory issued

The Division of Marine Fisheries has issued a swim advisory warning for waters along the Southport shoreline. (Port City Daily/File photo)

SOUTHPORT — For the time being, don’t swim near Southport. Levels of enterococci, a bacteria that signals human and animal waste is present, are three times the state swimming advisory level in front of South Davis Street in Southport.

Midday Tuesday, May 19, the Division of Marine fisheries announced a swimming advisory notice for the area. Further testing will determine what future actions may be taken by the division.

While enterococci are not dangerous, the bacteria can mean other disease-causing organisms are present. Swimming in areas with higher than recommended bacteria levels can expose people to an increased risk of gastrointestinal illness or skin infections, according to the Division of Marine Fisheries.

The sample taken Tuesday showed 306 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water — the state’s recreational standard is 100 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water.

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