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OHA issues health advisory for Sunset Bay State Park due to fecal bacteria levels

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COOS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory Wednesday for high levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters. The advisory is in effect at Sunset Bay State Park Beach in Coos County. 

Contact with the ocean 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 warns while the advisory is still in effect, 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.

State officials encourage other recreational activities on the beach during the health advisory as they pose no health risk to visitors. 

Authorities also issued a health advisory at Seal Rock Beach State Park Tuesday.

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