Ala. health officials give new no swimming warning

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health has expanded its advisory concerning areas of the coast where people should not swim because of the BP oil spill.

The health department on Saturday issued a new advisory because of the increased presence of oil in coastal areas. The new advisory says there should be no swimming in Bayou St. John, Terry Cove, Cotton Bayou, Old River or in Alabama waters west of the Dauphin Island bridge. The health department had previously posted a no swimming advisory for waters next to Fort Morgan.

State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson said the new advisory is a precaution to protect the public.

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