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Maryland beaches closed: Beverly Beach, Arundel Road Beach, Upper Magothy Beach

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PAROLE, Md. (AP) - The Anne Arundel County Health Department is warning swimmers to stay out of the water at three beaches after tests show high bacteria levels.

Officials announced Monday that they are closing Beverly Beach on the Chesapeake Bay near Mayo, London Towne at Arundel Road Beach on the South River in Edgewater and Upper Magothy Beach on the Magothy River in Severna Park. The closures come after high bacteria readings were found in water samples for two consecutive weeks.

Health officials say they don't know yet what caused the high readings, but waterfowl, rainfall, water temperature and tidal action can contribute. The advisory remains in effect until tests show acceptable levels.

Anyone who has come in contact with the water is advised to wash with soap and warm water immediately.

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