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First Swimming Alert Of The Season Cancelled

State officials say this season's first water quality swimming alert has been lifted.

On Tuesday, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced that levels of some bacteria were above what is acceptable for recreation swimming.

The alert was for public beach access near mile marker 17 on New River Inlet Road in North Topsail Beach.

Officials say followup testing shows that bacteria levels have dropped to safe levels.


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Water quality officials are warning the first few brave swimmers who hit the waves to be wary of one regional access point until more testing comes back.

On Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced that levels of some bacteria were above what is acceptable for recreation swimming for the Environmental Protection Agency.

The alert is for water near mile marker 17 on New River Inlet Road in North Topsail Beach.

The department said samples collected on Monday showed 111 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water. The acceptable level is 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters for that recreational swimming area.

The bacteria can cause humans to have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections according to state officials.

More tests were done Tuesday.

No word yet on the results.

Officials said if results show high bacteria counts again, swimming advisory signs will be posted.


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