State environmental officials issued their fourth swimming advisory of the year in Carteret County.
Thursday’s alert focuses on two areas where bacteria levels are higher than federal standards.
Warnings were posted at the public swimming area on the southwest side of the Harkers Island Bridge in Harkers Island and the area near the wildlife boat ramp at the end of Cedar Island Road in Cedar Island.
These advisories do not mean the areas are closed, but officials say people could develop stomach issues or skin infections if they swim in the water.
The advisories are for 200 feet around signs that are posted.
The state will remove the warnings after tests show that the bacteria levels have dropped.
Tests are normally done on a weekly basis from April to October. To date, the state has issued ten total advisories for Carteret, New Hanover, Beaufort and Pamlico counties.