A public health advisory is being issued today due to
higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Seal Rock Beach, located
in Lincoln County.
indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in
diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other
illnesses. Direct contact with the surf or water running into the surf in this
area should be avoided until the advisory is lifted, especially for children
and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.
pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and
inland sources, such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic
systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.
advisory is in effect at Seal Rock Beach, 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. Even if there is no advisory in
effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours
after a rainstorm.
The status of
water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent
information on advisories, visit the Oregon
Beach Monitoring Program website or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).
officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other
recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach,
walking, etc.) on these beaches because they pose no health risk even during an
advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.
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 organizations participating in
this program are the Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Department of
Environmental Quality and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
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