NORFOLK-- The Norfolk Dept. of Public Health has posted a 'Swimming Advisory' between 10th Bay and 24th Bay streets in Ocean View due to bacteria levels that exceed state water quality standards.

Signs are currently being posted to alert the public of this notice, due to enterococci bacteria.

Enterococci bacteria are a group of indicator organisms used to determine the extent of fecal contamination in recreational waters.

While enterococci bacteria do not cause illness, studies indicate their presence is related to the presence of other disease-causing organisms.

People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the state standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness.

According Health Dept. spokesman Terrance Afer-Anderson, 'We are advising people against swimming in these waters until these levels are known to have fallen within State Water Quality Standards for safety.'

Afer-Anderson says they will continue testing the water.

The beach water is tested on a weekly basis from mid-May through mid-October.

For additional information, contact the Norfolk Department of Public Health Environmental Division at 757-683-2812.

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