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Health officials warn against ocean swimming

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The Coastal Health District and Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division, is warning against swimming or wading in the ocean. (Pixabay/MGN)

The Coastal Health District and Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division, is warning against swimming or wading in the ocean in the wake of Tropical Storm Irma.

The advisory was issued due to the possibility of hazards including rip currents, elevated bacteria levels, and debris in the water, according to a news release.

Testing for elevated levels of enterococcus, bacteria which is found in warm blooded animals including humans but also birds, raccoons, deer, dolphins and other wildlife, is currently suspended and therefore temporarily unavailable. Testing will resume as soon as possible, the release said.

For more information about beach water testing, go to www.gachd.org and click on the Environmental Health tab at the top of the page.