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Swimming advisory issued for two Newport News beaches

NEWPORT NEWS — The Peninsula Health District issued a temporary swimming advisory for

Anderson and King-Lincoln beaches in Newport News due to bacteria.

Samples collected Wednesday and Thursday showed that bacteria levels in the water exceeded the state water quality standards.

Signs will be posted at the beaches saying, "Warning, swimmers. Bacteria levels do not meet state water quality standards. Swimming not advised until further notice."

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Typically, the beaches are used for fishing and crabbing — not swimming — and those activities are not affected by the advisory.

Additional samples will be collected by health officials next Wednesday and results should be available on Thursday. Health officials will remove the sign and notify the public again when the bacteria levels decrease to levels meet state standards.

The health department tested for enterococci, a group of organisms, to determine the extent of fecal contamination of recreational waters. While these organisms 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 standard have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness, the health department said.

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