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Health advisory lifted for Seal Rock State Park Beach after fecal bacteria testing

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A recreational use health advisory has been lifted for Seal Rock State Park Beach in Lincoln County.

Oregon health officials issued an advisory Tuesday after tests showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in the water.

The bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes upper respiratory infections and other illnesses, according to Oregon Health Authority.

People were advised to avoid all contact with the water, as well as wading into nearby creeks, pools of water and water runoff flowing into the ocean. 

The advisory was lifted Friday when results from samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed lower bacteria levels. 

While health officials said contact with the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk, people were still advised to stay out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

Increased fecal levels in the water can come from shore and inland sources, including stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems and animal waste.

"State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect," according to OHA. 

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