MONTEREY COUNTY (CBS SF) — Monterey County health officials have issued an advisory warning people to avoid swimming at a state beach in Pacific Grove because of high levels of bacteria found there.UPDATE: Cal Fire Crews Reach 80% Containment on Fremont Fire Near Napa-Sonoma County Line
The advisory for Asilomar State Beach was issued Tuesday by the Monterey County Health Department, which found high levels of indicator bacteria in samples taken a day earlier.READ MORE: San Jose Leaders Announce Plan To Cut Homelessness With Emergency Housing, Jobs
Indicator bacteria are used to estimate the amount of fecal or other contamination in the water. Sources can include marine animals or other animal wildlife, human activity, or recent rainfall runoff.
County health officials recommend that people do not swim or have contact with water at beaches with higher levels of bacteria, which are associated with increased risks of illness.MORE NEWS: A's Drop 3rd In A Row To Mariners, Lose Ground In Race For Second AL Wild Card
More information on the status of Monterey Peninsula beaches can be found by calling (800) 347-6363 or visiting www.mtyhd.org/beach.