Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 07/28/06 Thousands visit Galveston County’s beaches annually, looking for fun in the sun and relaxation on the beach. Regardless of whether they know it, swimmers at many area beaches have found something else, in the past few days — fecal bacteria. The health district routinely checks 46 spots in Galveston and on the Bolivar Peninsula. Officials found high levels of bacteria at 27 of them. Kurt Koopmann, public-information officer for the Galveston County Health District, said people with open sores or weakened immune systems should avoid the afflicted areas. Beach Patrol has marked the bacteria-rich areas with flags. This year, Beach Patrol has debuted a new flag. The flag signifies the presence of potentially harmful agents in the air or water near the tower bearing the pennant. Beach Patrol acquired the new flags through a grant from the University of Texas Medical Branch.