Heading to the beach this Labor Day? The Los Angeles Public Health Department is warning beachgoers about high bacteria levels on several beaches. The health department said that the levels of bacteria were above health standards, making the beach unsafe for swimming, surfing, and/or playing in the ocean waters of the following beaches:
Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica
Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey
Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro
Topanga Canyon Beach in Malibu
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), swimming in waters with high bacteria levels can cause gastroenteritis, which can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, diarrhea, headaches, fevers, and infections of the ear, eye, nose, and/or throat. While these are usually not very serious, it is possible to be exposed to a more serious disease. Children, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable.
Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24- hours a day on the County’s beach closure hotline: 1-800- 525-5662. To view the map of impacted locations and for more information please visit PublicHealth.LACounty.gov/Beach/.
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