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Two Suffolk beaches closed to swimming, officials say

Two beaches in Suffolk County have been closed to swimming because of bacteria-contaminated water, health officials said Monday.

Broadway Beach in Rocky Point and Bay Hill Association Beach in Huntington Bay have bacterial levels that exceed acceptable standards, officials said. Copiague Harbor Beach in Copiague has been closed since June 5 for the same reason.

Swimming in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose and throat, Dr. James Tomarken, Suffolk County commissioner of health, said in a news release.

Beaches will reopen after testing shows bacteria counts have dropped to acceptable levels.

For the latest information on affected beaches in Suffolk, call the bathing beach hotline at 631-852-5822 or visit the beach monitoring page on the Suffolk County website.


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