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Lake Wheeler beach closed due to bacteria

Posted June 29, 2011 5:15 p.m. EDT
Updated June 29, 2011 5:38 p.m. EDT

— Wake County on Wednesday closed recreational swimming areas at Lake Wheeler beach because of elevated levels of bacteria.

The county routinely tests recreational lakes for bacteria, and when levels of enterococci bacteria exceed Environmental Protection Agency standards, the area is closed to any activity where someone's head might go underwater, officials said.

Acceptable levels of enterococci should not exceed 61 colony forming units (cfu) per 100 milliliters. County tests found 686 cfu at Lake Wheeler, officials said.

Lake Wheeler isn't closed to fishing.