Several popular Texas beaches test high for fecal bacteria

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(KWTX) Just in time for that summer vacation to the beach, some 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.

As of Tuesday, several beaches along Corpus Christi Bay tested high
for fecal bacteria counts.

Several other beaches nearby tested low or medium.

At South Padre Island, all of the sites tested showed low fecal bacterial counts, however, the sites near Verdolago Lake just south of the island tested medium and high.

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.