Fecal matter in water at Cannon Beach prompts health advisory

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State officials issued a public health advisory Tuesday for the ocean water at Cannon Beach, citing higher-than-normal levels of fecal matter in water samples.

People should avoid direct contact with the water near Cannon Beach until the advisory is lifted, a news release from the Oregon Health Authority said. The bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

The source of the bacteria is unknown, officials said. Increased levels in ocean waters can come from stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems and animal waste.

Water at neighboring beaches is safe, officials said. Beach visitors are also safe to do other recreational activities at Cannon Beach because the advisory only applies to the water.

Health officials advise visitors to stay away from wading in nearby creeks or any other water.

— McKenna Ross


503-221-5776; @mckenna_ross_

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