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OHA issues health advisory for Rockaway Beach

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The Oregon Health Authority is warning beachgoers at Rockaway Beach in Tillamook County about higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in the waters off the beach.

Samples showed the elevated levels of fecal bacteria, which can lead to diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses.

OHA staffers warn that direct contact with the water should be avoided until the advisory is lifted, particularly by groups more susceptible to disease from waterborne bacteria like children and the elderly.

The OHA also advises that people should avoid going in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, discolored water and any water runoff flowing into the ocean.

The increased level of bacteria and pathogens can be caused by different sources, including stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife, according to the OHA.

For more information including updates on water contact advisories, visit the Beach Monitoring Program website at HealthOregon.org/beach or call 877-290-6767.

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