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Health Advisory lifted at Seal Rock State Park beach

Seal Rock State Park Beach (Photo from Oregon State Parks website)

UPDATE: The Oregon Health Authority lifted a health advisory Friday for Seal Rock State Park after further testing revealed that high fecal bacteria levels had subsided.

ORIGINAL POST:

Heading out to Seal Rock State Park to beat the heat this week? If so, be aware of a health advisory issued for the beach.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) says ocean waters recently tested for higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria.

This bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. People should avoid direct contact with the water int his area until the advisory is lifted.

This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased 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, according to OHA.

Visitor should avoid wading in any nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and should stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean.

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.



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