8/15 UPDATE:The swimming advisory has been lifted.

8/14 UPDATE: Water samples taken again yesterday revealed enterococci bacteria levels have exceeded State Water Quality Standards, health department officials said.

UPDATE 8/13: The swimming advisory has been lifted.

NORFOLK -- A swimming advisory has been issued for Sarah Constance Beach, from First View Street to the Ocean View Fishing Pier, and from 6th View to 11th View streets.

Water samples taken Monday revealed enterococci bacteria levels exceed state water quality standards.

Signs are currently being posted to alert the public of this advisory.

Health officials will continue testing the beach waters and will remove posted signs and notify the public, when the bacteria levels decrease to levels that meet the state standards.

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, scientific studies indicate that their presence is closely correlated 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.

For additional information on this Ocean View Park Beach swimming advisory, contact the Norfolk Department of Public Health Environmental Division at 757-683-2812.

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