According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, five South Jersey beaches are at risk of closing due to "unsafe" levels of bacteria found in waste.

All the beaches exceeded the bacteria concentration limit of 104 colony-forming units (cfu) of Enterococci per 100 milliliters of water.

Some symptoms of Enterococci infections are fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, says the Department of Environmental Protection.

The heavy rain we’ve been seeing over the last few days is certainly not helping and is a likely cause of the bacteria increase. Regardless, numerous New Jersey beaches will not be swimmable anyway because of Hurricane Florence's eventual impact on the shore.

The following beaches are under advisory:

  • Ventnor: Dorset
  • Ventnor: New Haven
  • Longport: 26th Ave
  • Seaside Heights: Sheridan
  • Seaside Heights: Lincoln Ave

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