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Reports show increased levels of fecal bacteria in area waters

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Bob Hall Pier in Nueces County, Texas along the Gulf of Mexico. (KRIS) Bob Hall Pier in Nueces County, Texas along the Gulf of Mexico. (KRIS)

Spring Break is just a few days away, and many locals and tourists are heading to the beach. However, beach-goers should be aware of bacteria in the water along the coastline. 

Texas Beach Watch reports that the water near Bob Hall Pier and areas along Ocean Drive are showing high levels of fecal bacteria. 

Texas General Land Office's Beach Watch division tests coastal waters across the state for signs of enterococcus (fecal) bacteria.

Currently, the Texas Beach Watch website is reporting high levels of fecal bacteria at Bob Hall Pier, Poenisch Park and Ropes Park.

Under the high advisory level, Texas Beach Watch recommends warning signage be posted at affected sample sites.

The signs advise anyone visiting the locations to avoid contact with the water, including swimming, due to risk of illness. Experts advise that high levels of fecal bacteria can cause illness, particularly for those with weakened immune systems or other risk factors such as age.

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