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Health department cancels notice for high bacteria levels at Manners Beach in Waianae

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A high bacteria water bacteria notification for Manners Oahu has been canceled as enterococci levels no longer exceed the threshold.

A high beach water bacteria notification was issued for Manners Beach in Nanakuli on Oahu’s West Side, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday.

Levels of 222 enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters of beach water were detected during routine monitoring Wednesday by the department’s Clean Water Branch, the notification said.

The level exceeds the 130 ent/ 100 mL threshold set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

On its website, EPA states that enterococcus is a fecal indicator bacteria often found with pathogenic microorganisms that can cause gastroenteritis and ear, eye, nose and throat infections and has been chosen as a reliable predictor of waterborne illness in beach water.

The agency warns that children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely to develop illnesses after swimming in polluted water.

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