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Three Suffolk beaches closed due to high bacteria, one reopened

A few scant sunbathers take to Steers Beach

A few scant sunbathers take to Steers Beach Park in Northport on June 19, 2010. Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Three beaches in Suffolk have been closed to bathing due to high bacteria levels, but one beach was cleared for swimmers, the county health department said Thursday.

Steers Beach in Northport, Prices Bend Beach in Eatons Neck and West Oaks Recreation Club Beach in West Sayville are off limits until water samples show acceptable levels of bacteria, officials said.

But Lake Ronkonkoma Beach in Islip Town has been reopened after water samples met state standards on bacterial levels, health officials said.

Getting into bacteria-contaminated water can lead to gastrointestinal illnesses as well as infections to eyes, ears, nose and throat, said Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk's health commissioner.

For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach hotline at 631-852-5822 or the department's ecology office at 631-852-5760 during normal business hours or go to the county's beach monitoring website at

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