- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health is closing oyster beds in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

The order by State Health Office Don Williams ends harvesting in the two coastal counties at 6 a.m. Thursday. The health department says the order is a result of possible bacteriological contaminant of the oyster beds due to recent rainfall.

The order includes Cedar Point, Portersville Bay, Grand Bay, Heron Bay, Dauphin Island Bay and Bon Secour Bay.

The health department says it is continuing to monitor bay waters and the shellfish. It says harvesting can resume as soon as the areas meet acceptable bacteriological criteria.

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