Ogeechee River swimmers get blisters

BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - The Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency is urging people to avoid swimming in the Ogeechee River until further notice.

The agency was notified Friday by the Effingham Emergency Management Agency that several people who swam in the Ogeechee River between Effingham and Bulloch counties got blisters and redness on their skin where it was exposed to the water.

At this time there have not been any confirmed cases that the blisters or sores were caused by the river, but local officials are still investigating the claims, according to the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency.

The Effingham Co. Emergency Management Agency recommends using caution while in the water if swimming and/or fishing in the Ogeechee River.

A swimming and/or fishing advisory has been issued by the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency. It advises people to swim and fish at their own risk.

Low river levels, stagnant water and drought conditions can cause bacteria to develop, according to the Bulloch County EMA.

A community meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Dasher's Landing to discuss the latest findings in regards to the fisk that popped up dead several months ago.

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