(WVUE) - As you finalize your plans for the Fourth of July, keep in mind there are sections of the Gulf Coast you should avoid.
Swimming advisories are in place at several popular spots in Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi and Texas.
Health officials say there's harmful bacteria in the water that can cause disease, infections or rashes.
Louisiana beach advisories: http://dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/288
Mississippi beach advisories: http://opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches/
Texas beach advisories: https://cgis.glo.texas.gov/Beachwatch/#loc=4
Alabama beach advisories: http://www.adem.state.al.us/programs/coastal/beachMonitoring.cnt
Florida beach advisories: http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/