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Chesapeake Bay Bacteria Closes Beach

Thursday, Sep 23, 2010  |  Updated 12:35 PM EDT
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Update: Va. Beach Swimming Ban Lifted

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UPDATE: The ban has been lifted.

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 said 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, officials said.
 
The Virginia Beach oceanfront and resort area are NOT affected by the ban.

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