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High bacteria levels detected at 2 popular Oahu beaches – Hawaii News Now

WEST OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -High bacterial levels have been detected Wednesday at two popular Oahu beaches.

The state Department of Health Clean Water Branch said inspectors found elevated levels of enterococci at Pokai Bay and the Ihilani-Kohola lagoon at Ko Olina.

The levels at Pokai Bay measured at 659 per 100 mL, while the Ihilani-Kohola lagoon measured at 178 per 100 mL.

The normal level for enterococci usually doesn’t surpass 130 per 100 mL.

Officials say swimming in waters with elevated bacteria counts could make you sick. Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable.

The most common symptoms associated with swimming in affected waters include nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea, headache or fever. Other minor illnesses include ear, eye, nose and throat infections.

The advisories will remain in effect for the beaches until levels return to normal.

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