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Ocean water advisory issued due to storms

Posted at 2:34 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 22:35:45-05

With more rain on the way, health officials are reminding beachgoers to avoid ocean water for three days following storms.

“Rainstorm runoff is known to transport high levels of disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa from the watershed and urban areas to the ocean,” according to a County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department press release.

Skin, respiratory and intestinal problems have been reported in people who have come into contact with ocean water following storms and people with compromised immune systems are even more vulnerable.

Surfers, swimmers and others are advised to avoid creeks, rivers, storm drains and other runoff outlets that empty into the ocean.

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