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The advisory warning issued by the Health Department of Charles County remains in effect for the public to avoid contact with streams in a 15-square-mile area between White Plains and La Plata until further notice.

Dr. C. Devadason, MD, DPH, County Health Officer, said that recent isolated water testing results indicate that contamination from elevated levels of enterococcus bacteria, which may cause illness, is still present.

The area goes west from Route 6/US 301 to Hoghole Run, north to Route 227 in Pomfret, east to Route 227/US 301 at Willetts Crossing, then south to Route 6. Isolated samplings points were in Hoghole Run, Port Tobacco Creek, Jennie Run, Wills Branch, and feeder streams in these areas.

The County Department of Health has also issued an advisory warning the public to avoid contact with the water around Friendship Landing at Nanjemoy Creek.

Stream samples taken on Aug. 3, to test for bacteria in this area exceeded the maximum contaminant level for recreational use.

Additional sampling will be conducted to test the water quality.

To view any current water contact alerts issued by the Charles County Department of Health, please visit www.charlescountyhealth.org/Alerts/Alerts.htm. For additional information, please call the Environmental Health Division at 301-609-6751.

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