by KATU News
MANZANITA, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory Wednesday after tests discovered higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in the ocean waters at Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park.
Health officials say the public should avoid directly contacting the water in this area until the advisory is lifted.
Higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Children and the elderly are the most susceptible to waterborne bacteria.
The public should also avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water. They should also stay away from water runoff flowing into the ocean.
Health officials say increased 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.