Several popular Texas beaches test high for fecal bacteria

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(KWTX) Just in time for spring break, several popular Texas beaches have high levels of fecal bacteria, a state agency says.

Texas Beach Watch, a website operated by the Texas General Land Office, shows the water quality at select recreational beaches.

Beaches in Aransas, Brazoria, Cameron, Galveston, Harris, and Jefferson, Matagorda, Nueces and San Patricio counties are included.

During spring break, the GLO tests Texas beaches weekly.

As of Thursday, Bob Hall Pier on Aransas Island near Corpus Christi tested high for fecal bacteria counts.

Several other beaches nearby tested low or medium.

Meanwhile, all the sites near Matagorda Bay tested medium to high.

At South Padre Island, however, all of the sites tested showed low fecal bacterial counts.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, swimming in polluted waters can lead to nausea, vomiting, stomachaches, diarrhea, headache or fever.

Other minor illnesses associated with swimming in polluted water include ear, eye, nose and throat infections.