Cannon Beach Health advisory issued for higher-than-normal fecal bacteria levels

by KATU News Tuesday, June 18th 2019

CANNON BEACH, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory Tuesday after discovering higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in the ocean waters at Cannon Beach.

Health officials say the bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Anyone visiting Cannon Beach should avoid the water until the advisory is lifted. Officials say children and the elderly are most susceptible to the waterborne bacteria.

Oregon Health Authority says increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as storm-water runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets, and wildlife.

Although the advisory is in effect at Cannon Beach, visitors should also avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, discolored water, or water runoff flowing into the ocean.

Even without an advisory in effect, officials say you should avoid swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767