Beaches in California are under “under high” alerts

4 Los Angeles County beaches remain under high bacteria warning Public health officials continue to caution beachgoers about the risk of spreading illnesses from the E.coli bacteria that have sickened numerous California residents and…

Beaches in California are under “under high” alerts

4 Los Angeles County beaches remain under high bacteria warning

Public health officials continue to caution beachgoers about the risk of spreading illnesses from the E.coli bacteria that have sickened numerous California residents and tourists in beach communities around the state.

The state Department of Health Services said Thursday that of the beaches it examined in late July, only Laguna Beach was reported to be free of gastrointestinal illnesses. All others remained in the state under the “under high” precautionary flag recommended by the agency on Wednesday.

At Laguna Beach, the department said, the bacteria remained high, as did the levels of other pathogens, including some types of parasites and viruses. Laguna Beach officials ordered residents to stay at home and people on the beach to be alert.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure that the beaches do not become a point of infection for our guests,” Director John DeCesare said Thursday. “No community is immune to infection until the source and spread of the pathogen is identified and eliminated. The health of our guests and our communities are our top priorities here.”

Several counties now have beaches under high health alerts that include the state’s highest-risk beaches, according to the health department.

Long Beach, which is the smallest of the state’s four beach areas, is under a level “3” public health alert.

“As we continue to monitor the spread of this pathogen, we recommend that beachgoers be in compliance with all state and local public health guidelines,” Dr. David Lewis, the department’s acting director, said Thursday. “Remember that the most serious illnesses were reported in recent weeks.”

A number of beaches in the inland areas, including Los Angeles County, are still under the “under high” alert level.

Dr. Lewis said he had no update on the county beaches, and added that the department was asking more than 2,000 people who were on the coast to wash their hands.

The department has also been working to ensure that the water supply is safe since the bacteria was discovered on the beaches.

The water supply was examined in recent days and public health officers said they are monitoring the bacteria and other pathogens found in the water. They said that as long as the bacteria are found in the water and not on the beach where people were swimming, it would continue to be safe to swim

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