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Health advisory issued for water contact at D River Beach

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Officials with the Oregon Health Authority have issued a public health advisory for Tuesday due to high levels of bacteria in the ocean waters at D River Beach in Lincoln County.

The OHA reports that water samples from the area indicate a higher-than-normal level of fecal bacteria. Such bacteria can cause stomach cramps, skin rashes, diarrhea and respiratory infections, among other infections.

State officials warn that direct contact with water from the beach area should be avoided until the advisory is lifted, especially for the elderly and children as both groups are more susceptible to illness from waterborne bacteria.

The OHA is also warning people to exercise caution and avoid wading in nearby creeks our water runoff, as well as pooled water on the beach. Officials did note that other activities on the beach without contact with the water were still safe.

According to the OHA, increased levels of pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean water can be caused by shore and inland sources, including sewer overflows, failing septic systems, storm water runoff and animal waste.

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