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EPA warns about swimming/fishing at 24 beaches

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - 24 of the island's beaches were found to be contaminated after sampling was taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency.  The testing resulted in one beach closure at West Hagatna Bay and 24 advisories for the following locations:

 -   TAMUNING: Ypao Beach, Dungca's Beach - Sleepy Lagoon, Dungca's Beach, East Hagåtña Bay - Alupang Towers Beach,   East Hagåtña Bay - Trinchera Beach

  HAGATNA: West Hagatna Bay (West Storm Drain)

  ASAN: Adelup Beach Park, Adelup Point Beach (West), Asan Bay Beach

  PITI: Piti Bay, Santos Memorial Park

  AGAT: Togcha Beach - near Namo River, Togcha Beach - Agat Park Beach, Togcha Beach  (Near Southern Christian Academy), Bangi Beach, Nimitz Beach

  UMATAC: Umatac Bay, Toguan Bay

  MERIZO: Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel

  INARAJAN: Inarajan Pool, Inarajan Bay

  TALOFOFO: Talofofo Bay

  YONA: Tagachang Beach


Swimming, fishing or playing in unsafe waters may result in minor illnesses such as sore throats or diarrhea. It may also result in more serious illnesses such as meningitis, encephalitis, or severe gastroenteritis. Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of getting sick when they come in contact with contaminated water.

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