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High levels of bacteria create health advisory at Seal Rock State Park Beach

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Lincoln County, OR (KPTV) -

A health advisory is in affect after higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria was found at Seal Rock State Park Beach in Lincoln County.

Contact with the water could result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses.

Children and the elderly are more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria, and should avoid direct contact with the water until the advisory is lifted.  

The Oregon Health Authority stated while this advisory is in effect at Seal Rock State Park, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean.

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

Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Recreational activities on the beach during the health advisory is still encouraged as they pose no health risk to visitors.

Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

For updates on the advisory, contact HealthOregon.org/beach

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