The Effingham County Emergency Management Agency received notification of citizens that are experiencing blister and sores on their bodies after swimming in the Ogeechee River. At this time there have not been any confirmed cases that the blisters or sores were caused by the river, local officials are still investigating the claims.
Due to the current drought conditions causing the Ogeechee River to have a low volume of water and a low current flow, areas of stagnate water can develop and cause bacteria to develop. If you plan to take part in swimming and/or fishing in the Ogeechee River use caution while in the water.
A swimming and/or fishing advisory has been issued by the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency to swim and fish at your own risk.
Anyone that has been in the Ogeechee River and has or is experiencing blisters or sores should seek medical attention immediately.