These 13 South Carolina Beaches Have Just Been Put On Advisory Due To Meningitis-Causing Fecal Bacteria
Headed to the beach this weekend? You may want to read this before you pick your spot in paradise. As of August 8th, 13 beaches in South Carolina were issued new advisories (or had continued advisories) due to high levels of fecal bacteria found in samples taken by SCDHEC.
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This time of year, it’s not unusual for beach advisories to be issued in South Carolina. Heavy rains wash large amounts of run off toward the Atlantic. We’re fortunate to have DHEC keeping such a close eye on the coast so we can avoid swimming in harmful areas. If you encounter one of the advisory areas it’s perfectly fine to walk in the dry sand and search for shells. But, due to the fecal bacteria, you’ll want to avoid getting in the water at an advisory location – especially if you have an open cut or wound, or have a compromised immune system.
Again, there’s no need for panic… most of the beaches in the Palmetto State aren’t even affected. Stay safe out there and enjoy your (clean) beach time!
Learn more about beach monitoring by SCDHEC in South Carolina at this link!
Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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