NORTHAMPTON Co., Va. – A swimming advisory issued Wednesday for Cape Charles Town Beach has been lifted.
Officials said bacteria levels at the beach exceeded state water quality standards. They have since returned to acceptable levels.
Recreational waters are checked during the summer months for high levels of bacteria.
Indicator organisms like enterococci are monitored and when they are too high a sign is posted at the beach.
Enterococci are a group of organisms used to determine the amount of fecal contamination of recreation water. They do not cause illness but research shows when enterococci are present, other disease-causing organisms may be as well.