Health advisory issued due to elevated levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters

Posted at 1:33 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 15:33:02-05

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    Coos County, OR (KPTV) — A public health advisory was issued Wednesday for Sunset Bay State Park Beach after higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria were found in ocean waters.

The Oregon Health Authority says the increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels could be caused by stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

People, especially children and the elderly, should avoid direct contact with the water until the advisory is lifted. The higher-than-normal levels of bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses.

OHA said visitors to Sunset Bay State Park Beach 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.

For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program at or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

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