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DHS news release

Feb. 5, 2008


General questions: Bonnie Widerburg, DHS: 971-673-1282
Technical questions: Jennifer Ketterman, DHS: 971-673-0431
Larry Caton, DEQ: 503-229-5491


Precautionary health advisory issued for Nye Beach




A precautionary public health advisory was issued today due to a sewage spill into ocean waters at Nye Beach.


Wastewater discharges can increase the risk of higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes and other illnesses affecting the eyes, ears, nose and throat.


While this advisory is in effect at Nye Beach, visitors should avoid direct contact with the water, particularly children and the elderly who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.


State health officials are monitoring the situation and will lift the advisory when water quality samples indicate the water is safe for recreational use.


State officials advise that the status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, please visit the Beach Monitoring Program Web site or call 877-290-6767.


Since 2003 state officials have used a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are the Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. More detailed test results are available at www.healthoregon.org/beach.


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