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Swimming Advisory Still In Effect For Southern Dare County

Posted September 24, 2003 3:45 a.m. EDT

— State environmental health officials confirmed Wednesday that bacteria levels at ocean beaches in Dare County -- from Kill Devil Hills to Nags Head -- exceed recreational water-quality swimming standards.

Based on test results, the precautionary swimming advisory put in place Sept. 19 remains in effect.

Enterococcus, the organism used for testing, is found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. Although the organism does not cause illness itself, scientific studies indicate that its 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.

State officials said they will continue testing the sites. When bacteria levels fall below the standards for recreational water quality, the advisory will be lifted.