CANNON BEACH, Ore. -- Higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria have been found in ocean waters at Cannon Beach, and the Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use advisory Wednesday.
Officials said people should avoid direct contact with the water in the area. Visitors shouldn’t wade in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach or in discolored water. Officials also said to avoid water runoff flowing into the ocean.
The high bacteria level can cause diarrhea, rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Children and the elderly are among those more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.
The increase in bacteria can come from both shore and inland sources -- stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems and animal waste.