(KOIN) – Public health advisories have been issued for two popular Clatsop County beaches after water samples found higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported Thursday that the public should avoid contact with the water at both Seaside and Cannon beaches.
The advisories apply to Seaside Beach at 12th Avenue, and Cannon Beach west of Ecola Court at the Gower Street outfall pipe, and at the mouth of Logan Creek.
Along with the ocean water, visitors should also avoid contact with nearby creeks. People should also stay away from water runoff that is flowing into the ocean.
The bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. It can come from a variety of sources, including storm water runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems and even animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.
For the latest advisory updates, click here or call 877-290-6767.