- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) - State officials are advising the public to avoid contact with water along the Oregon Coast at Newport’s Nye Beach and nearby waterways after high levels of fecal bacteria were detected.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/JpYXNP ) the health advisory issued Wednesday says children and older adults are at the greatest risk for contracting diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses if infected.

The Oregon Health Authority says the origin of the increased pathogen and fecal bacteria could include shore and inlands sources, including stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

State and Lincoln County officials say recreational activities on the beach remain safe.

Officials did not predict how long the alert would remain in effect.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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