High Bacteria Levels Close Mass. Beaches

BOSTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — High bacteria levels at many beaches along the Massachusetts coast resulted in them being closed to swimming Friday, state officials said.

Three state-run beaches — Tenean Beach in Dorchester, Carson Beach in South Boston, and Wollaston Beach in Quincy — were posted closed because of the bacteria enterococcus, which causes gastrointestinal symptoms similar to E. coli, The Boston Globe reported.

Beaches in 14 other Boston area communities have been posted closed in the past several days due to high bacteria counts, a state Web site said.

Department of Conservation and Recreation spokeswoman Wendy Fox said it usually takes one tidal cycle, 12 hours, for the bacteria to wash away, but it could take two to four cycles at Wollaston.

“Wollaston is different because it’s very wide, very shallow, and very protected,” she said.

There are four storm drains that empty into the water at Wollaston, making it more susceptible to bacteria, Fox said.

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