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High Bacteria Levels Prompt Swimming Ban in Chesapeake Bay

September 22, 2010

Swimming and wading in a section of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach are prohibited because of high levels of bacteria.

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health issued the ban Wednesday morning. The health department says in a news release that recent tests show bacteria levels exceeded state water quality standards.

The ban covers the bay between Mortons Road and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. It will remain in effect until the water quality meets state standards.

The Virginia Beach oceanfront and resort area aren't affected by the ban.


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