D River Beach, Lincoln County, Health Advisory issued May 27; OHA issues advisory due to high levels of bacteria – Tillamook County Pioneer
PORTLAND, Oregon – Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issues public health advisory today for dangerous levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters at D River Beach in Lincoln County. People should avoid direct contact with water in this area until the advisory is lifted.
Dangerous levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, rashes, upper respiratory infections, and other illnesses. Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems should exercise caution as they are more vulnerable to illnesses caused by water-borne bacteria.
Visitors should avoid wading in nearby coves, pools of water on the beach or in discolored waters, and avoid water runoff that flows into the ocean. Levels of fecal bacteria tend to be higher in these types of water sources.
Dangerous levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters can come from both coastal and inland sources, including:
- The sewers are overflowing.
- Defective septic systems.
- Animal waste from livestock, domestic animals and wildlife.
Even if there is no current advisory, avoid swimming in the ocean for 48 hours after a thunderstorm.
Ocean waters will be tested again after issuance of an advisory. Once the bacteria levels are at a safe level, the OHA will notify the public that the advisory is lifted.
While this advisory is in effect at D River Beach, state officials continue to encourage other recreational activities (kite flying, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they do not present any health risk, even during an advisory.
For the most recent advisory information, visit the Oregon Beach Watch Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482 or 877-290-6767 (toll free).