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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 2:31am

Too Much Bacteria On Jekyll Beaches

Updated: 2 years ago.
Health officials recommend against swimming or wading in the water in the areas under advisory. Routine water quality tests from samples taken May 29 found high levels of bacteria on St. Andrews Beach and Clam Creek Beach on Jekyll Island. (Photo Courtesy of Frank Kehren via Flickr.)

Two Jekyll Island beaches are under advisory after high levels of a bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illness were found in the water.

The Coastal Health District reported 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 cleaned well 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.

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