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Advisory issued for Polk Street Beach

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

The Chatham County Health Department has placed Polk Street Beach, the northern most part of Tybee Island at the mouth of the Savannah River from the end of the beach to the jetty, under advisory.

The advisory is only for the Polk Street Beach and does not impact other beaches on Tybee Island. The beach water advisory is to alert the public of a possible illness associated with water contact. It does not mean the beach is closed.

Routine water quality tests taken on April 30 showed a high level of enterococci bacteria, which increases the risk of gastrointestinal illness in swimmers.

The Chatham County Health Department recommends that folks do not swim or wade in the water in the area under advisory. Fish and other seafood caught in the area should be thoroughly washed and cooked before eating.

Officials will retest the area on May 2. The advisory will be lifted when tests show the bacteria levels meet the Environmental Protection Agency's recommended standards.

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