North Carolina recreational water quality officials have lifted a swimming alert that was issued on Wednesday for a Brunswick County site.
Water samples collected Tuesday from the sound-side waters at the public park on Fish Factory Road near Southport showed elevated bacteria levels of enterococci.
Tuesday's samples showed 306 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, which exceed the sate and federal single-sample standard of 276 enterococci per 100 milliliters for tier 2 low usage sites.
Wednesday samples showed a significant decrease to 42 enterococci per 100 milliliters. This prompted officials to lift the swimming alert.
Enterococci, the bacteria group used for testing, are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it does not cause illness, scientific studies indicate that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms.
People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.
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