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County health officials warn of ocean water contact following storms

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department has advised the public to avoid ocean water contact following the latest rainstorm events.

Officials suggest avoiding ocean water contact during and at least three days following any significant rainstorm events.

A press release from the public health department said rainstorm runoff is known to transport high levels of disease causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoans originating from the watershed and urban areas.

Any organisms carried into the ocean can cause skin, respiratory, and intestinal problems, the press release said.

People with compromised immune systems, as well as the very young and elderly are especially vulnerable to these waterborne pathogens.

Surfers and other ocean water enthusiasts are advised to avoid ocean water contact during this period, especially areas close to creeks, rivers, storm drains and other runoff outlets that empty into the ocean.

For more information about beach water quality, you can visit the Public Health Department Beach Water Quality website or call the Ocean Water Monitoring Program Telephone Hotline at (805) 788-3411.

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