HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUES NO SWIM ADVISORY
UPDATE JUNE 7th: LOCAL CBS NEWS COVERS NO SWIM ADVISORY ISSUES
UPDATE JULY 20th: DOWNTOWN AREA TESTS 40 TIMES TOO HIGH FOR SAFE SWIMMING BACTERIA LEVELS
The South Carolina Department of Environmental Control (DHEC) has put out a Swimming Not Advised (no swim advisory) alert for all city beaches in Myrtle Beach.
The swim advisory is now posted because of elevated bacteria levels in the ocean water along all beaches inside the city limits of Myrtle Beach.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED: CITY INFORMATION CONCERNING NO SWIM ADVISORY
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NOTE: Beaches in North Myrtle Beach, Garden City Beach, Litchfield Beach, and Pawleys Island are rated as good water quality by DHEC.
*Health Department Advisory to those who swim in waters with elevated bacteria levels: The most common recreational water illnesses are gastrointestinal and may cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain or fever. These illnesses result from swallowing water contaminated by disease-causing organisms. Contact with contaminated water can also cause upper respiratory (ear, nose and throat), and wound infections. Young children, the elderly, and those with a weakened immune system are particularly vulnerable to recreational water illnesses.
LOCAL NEWS REPORT MARCH 7th.
WFXB Reports on LONG TERM NO SWIM ADVISORY. A No Swim Advisory does not mean the beaches are closed. Wading and shell collecting are recommended.