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Don't go swimming at Bettystown Beach - the water's not fine

A new water sample was taken yesterday and results are due tomorrow but until then, people are advised to stay out of the water.

Basically, don't do this...
Basically, don't do this...
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MEATH COUNTY COUNCIL has warned people not to go swimming at Bettystown Beach due to an increase in levels of ecoli and enterocci bacteria in a water sample taken this week.

The sample was taken on Monday and the yesterday the council advised people to avoid the water. If people are determined to take a dip, they are advised to avoid swallowing water, wash their hands before touching food and avoid swimming with an open cut or wound.

Pregnant women or those with a weakened immune system should just steer clear of the beach altogether, for now.

Local Fianna Fáil Senator Thomas Byrne said a stomach illness had been reported to him by someone who used the beach during the good weather.

“While there is no definitive connection I am calling on Meath County Council to erect prominent signage advising people of the possible dangers until the advisory is over,” he said.

Byrne also called for a full investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency into the cause.

The council said higher levels of bacteria are usually short-lived and most bathers are unlikely to experience any illness. However it also said the likely cause and duration is unknown.

The water was resampled yesterday and results are due back tomorrow.

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