The advisory was issued Aug. from follow-up tests taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed lower bacteria levels. OHA said contact with the ocean water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk but officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.
Officials are warning visitors to avoid direct contact with the water at a popular Lincoln County beach on the Oregon coast.
A health advisory was issued Wednesday by the Oregon Health Authority after high levels of fecal bacteria were measured in the water at Seal Rock beach between Waldport and Newport. Visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, according to a release from the health authority. Other activities such as walking or playing on the beach don't pose a health risk.
Unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in ocean water can come from both shore and inland sources, including:. Officials say heavy rains can bring about elevated levels of bacteria and that visitors should avoid water contact for 48 hours following a rainstorm.
The bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses, health officials said. Children, elderly persons and those with a compromised immune system should use extra caution because they are more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria. Virginia Barreda is the breaking news and public safety reporter for the Statesman Journal.
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