Swimming advisories lifted for area beaches

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WVEC) -- Swimming advisories have been lifted after officials found high bacteria levels at several beaches across Hampton Roads Wednesday.

Advisories have been lifted for King Lincoln Park and Hilton Beaches in Newport News Friday.

Other advisories that were in place this week, but were also lifted, were a stretch of Lynnhaven Inlet, Town of Cape Charles Beach, several Newport News beaches and Yorktown Beach in York County.

Virginia Department of Health officials ran tests that showed bacteria levels in the water exceeded the State Water Quality standards at these beaches Wednesday. 

Enterocci are a group of organisms used to determine the extent of fecal contamination of recreational waters.

While they do not cause illness, scientific studies indicate that their presence is closely correlated to the presence of other disease-causing organisms.

People swimming or playing in waters whit high bacteria levels are at an increased risk for developing gastrointestinal illness.

“We encourage the public to protect their health by complying with this advisory,” said Dr. Matson. “Typically, an advisory of this nature is temporary and will be withdrawn once the bacteria levels have returned to a safe level.”

You can always stay up to date with this Swimming Advisories and Monitored Beaches Map

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