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UPDATE: Virginia Beach Lifts Swimming Advisory

May 18, 2012


Virginia Beach health officials say bacteria in part of the Chesapeake Bay have fallen to safe levels.

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health has lifted a swimming and wading advisory for the area between Wake Forest Street and Rockbridge Road. The department issued the advisory Wednesday after tests showed bacteria levels exceeded state standards.

The department tells media outlets that further tests show bacteria levels have declined and the water quality now meets state standards.

May 17, 2012

Virginia Beach is prohibiting swimming in part of the Chesapeake Bay.

The city health department issued an advisory Wednesday for the area between Wake Forest Street and Rockbridge Road. The city says water testing showed that bacteria levels in the area exceeded state standards.

The swimming and wading advisory doesn't affect the oceanfront or resort area.

Signs will be posted on the beach alerting the public not to swim there. Health officials will continue testing the site until the water quality meets state standards.

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