2 Jekyll Island beaches under health advisory

3:38 AM, May 31, 2012   |    comments
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JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- Two Jekyll Island beaches are under advisory after high levels of a bacteria causing gastrointestinal illness were found in the water.

The Coastal Health District says St. Andrews Beach and Clam Creek Beach were placed under advisory following routine water quality tests from samples taken May 29. Both locations showed a high level of enterococci bacteria.

Health officials recommend against swimming or wading in the water in the areas under advisory. Fish and other seafood caught from these areas should be well cleaned with fresh water and thoroughly cooked before eating

The areas will be retested and the advisories will be lifted when tests show the bacteria levels meet the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended standards.

(Associated Press)

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