Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fecal Matters: No Contact Advisory for Port Gamble Bay, Kitsap County, WA

BEACH Program Update

On December 3, 2012, the Kitsap County Health District issued a seven-day no contact advisory for Port Gamble Bay, near Port Gamble, WA due to a nearby sewage spill. Health District staff posted warning signs at public access areas and public beaches throughout the Bay. The public is advised to avoid contact with the water and not harvest shellfish.

Contact with fecal contaminated waters can result in gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses.

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Julie Lowe is the BEACH Program Manager and is available at 360-407-6543 or julie.lowe@ecy.wa.gov for questions.

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