NORFOLK -- A swimming advisory has been issued for East Beach, from Baypoint Drive to 24th Bay Street.

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 swimming advisory, contact the Norfolk Department of Public Health Environmental Division at 757-683-2812.
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