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High bacteria advisories canceled for Oahu, Maui beaches

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  • NINA WU / NWU@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Lanikai Beach, as seen on Feb. 4. The state Health Department has canceled the high bacteria advisories for waters off of Lanikai Beach on Oahu as well as Cove Park of Maui originally issued Thursday.

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The state Health Department has canceled the high bacteria advisories for waters off of Lanikai Beach on Oahu as well as Cove Park of Maui originally issued Thursday.

On Oahu, levels of 150 per 100 milliliters of enterococci were detected off of Lanikai Beach Shoreline during routine monitoring on May 24. It expired on Wednesday.

On Maui, levels of 205 per 100 milliliters of enterococci were detected off Cove Park. It expired this morning.

The high bacteria advisory for Kepuhi, Beach, Kauai, originally posted last Thursday as well, remains in effect. On Kauai, levels of 222 per 100 milliliters of enterococci were detected off of Kepuhi Beach. The area impacted stretches from Wainiha Bay Park past Makahoa Point to Waikoko Reef.

A brown water advisory also remains in effect for Haena Beach on Kauai.

The Department of Health Clean Water Branch provides beach monitoring and notification through its beach program.

The advisory for these beaches is posted because testing for enterococci indicate that potentially harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or parasites may be present in the water. Swimming at beaches with pollution in the water may make you ill.

Potentially harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or parasites may be present in the water, according to the state Health Department, and swimming at beaches with pollution in the water may make one ill.

Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely populations to develop illnesses or infections after coming into contact with polluted water, usually while swimming.

While swimming-related illnesses can be unpleasant, they are usually not very serious, require little or no treatment or get better quickly upon treatment, and have no long-term health effects.

Signs have been posted, and the advisory will remain in effect until water sample results no longer exceed the threshold level of 130 enterococci per 100 milliliters.

Updates are available at this link.

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