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Southampton beach closed due to bacterial levels, health officials say

Due to bacteria found at levels higher than state standards, Emma Rose Beach in North Sea in the Town of Southampton has been closed to swimming, Suffolk County health officials said Tuesday.

Swimming in such contaminated water "can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose and throat," said Dr. James Tomarken, county health commissioner.

To learn more and stay up to date on affected beaches, residents can call the county's bathing beach hotline at 631-852-5822 or check http://gis2.suffolkcountyny.gov/bathingbeaches/

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