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Health advisory issued for 3 Oregon Coast beaches

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If you're planning on heading to the Oregon Coast, be warned there's a health advisory in effect.

There are higher than normal levels of bacteria in the water at Cannon, Tolovana and Short San beaches. Visitors in those areas should also avoid the water while the advisory is in effect. That includes not wading in nearby creeks, pools of water, discolored water or water runoff flowing into the ocean.

Exposure can cause illness such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in the water can come from both shore and inland sources, such as water runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems and even animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

Health officials say neighboring beaches are not affected.

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