High bacteria levels trigger advisory for Sunset Bay beach

Neighboring beaches are not affected by the advisory.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 11:42 AM

COOS BAY, Ore. -- A recreational use health advisory was issued Wednesday for Sunset Bay State Park Beach due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in the ocean waters, Oregon Health Authority officials said. 

Increased fecal bacteria levels can come from both shore and inland sources and can cause illnesses such as diarrhea and upper respiratory infections. Until the advisory is lifted, people should avoid direct contact with the water in the area. 

Visitors should also avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water and discolored water and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean.

Officials continue to encourage other recreational activities, including flying kites, picnicking and playing on the beach. Such activities pose no health risk to the public, officials said.

Neighboring beaches are not affected by the advisory.

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