MIAMI – The Florida Department of Health has ordered health advisories at more state beaches following test results showing fecal pollution in the water.
The department has now put up warnings for six beaches in Okaloosa County and two in Walton County. All are located in the Florida Panhandle and include popular vacation beaches.
Make sure you check all warnings before diving into the surf at your favorite beach this summer.
All Florida beaches are tested for the enterococci bacteria which could be an indication of fecal pollution.
The Florida Department of Health says the bacteria inhabits the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, causing possible disease, infections or rashes.
Beaches in Miami-Dade and Broward have registered "poor" ratings during recent tests, although no swim advisories have been issued.
CLICK HERE to check how your Florida beach fared in its latest test for bacteria.
Florida Healthy Beaches Program Categories are:
Good = 0-35 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Moderate = 36-70 Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water
Poor = 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water