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The report, ``Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches,'' found that there were 19 percent more beach closures and advisories nationwide in 2001, jumping from 11,270 to 13,410.
More rainfall in 2001 contributed to the rise statewide, but the state also began monitoring 14 new beaches, and that led to 124 additional closures and advisories.
California led the nation in closings and advisories, with 5,780 in 2000, compared with 3,547 in 1999, with most due to elevated bacteria of undetermined cause.
The physician and patient advisories are written specifically to help the primary care community cope with these difficult yet important responsibilities.