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Health officials: Avoid contact with water at 2 Oregon beaches

Health officials urge the public to avoid contact with the water at two Oregon Coast beaches due to higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria.

UPDATE: The state lifted the advisory for D River Beach and Twin Rocks Beach on September 18

EUGENE, Ore. - Health officials urge the public to avoid contact with the water at two Oregon Coast beaches due to higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria.

The bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses, the Oregon Health Authority said.

The state issued recreation use health advisories September 11 for D River Beach in Lincoln County and Twin Rocks Beach in Tillamook County.

"People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria," according to the state.

The bacteria could come from both shore and inland sources, like stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife, according to the state.

You can check for current advisories via the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website or by calling 971-673-0482 or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

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