Tunnels Beach Posted for High Bacteria Counts

TUNNELS BEACH, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — Advisory signs have gone up at Tunnels Beach as the Hawaii State Department of Health says they have detected high levels of harmful bacteria in the water. The state says the results indicate that potentially harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or parasites may be present in the water and reminds the public that swimming at beaches with pollution in the water may make you 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 the water, usually while swimming. Fortunately, while swimming-related illnesses can be unpleasant, they are usually not very serious – they require little or no treatment or get better quickly upon treatment, and they have no long-term health effects.

1 Comment on "Tunnels Beach Posted for High Bacteria Counts"

  1. So very sad and disturbing. The Cesspools in the area need to be closed down. Why on the Premier Beach in Kauai is nothing being done?? I guess the almighty dollar is to blame. Very disappointing. How important is the tourist industry in Kauai? I believe it is extremely important. Why do the government agencies not support and do something about this?? We are shocked that the almighty USA does not care enough to fix this horrendous problem!!! So sad to see this paradise destroyed. We always thought that Kauai had a safe infrastructure for its people. Not so!!

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