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High bacteria levels found at Cove Park

Routine water quality monitoring found high levels of enterococci bacteria in ocean water off of Cove Park in Kihei, the state Department of Health reported Thursday.

The safe threshold level is 130 enterococci per 100 milliliters, and the water tested with levels of 2,005 per 100 milliliters, the department said.

Enterococci are potentially harmful microorganisms that could make people ill, especially children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Illnesses such as gastroenteritis can be unpleasant but usually are not serious, health officials said.

An advisory has been posted at the beach. It will remain there until water sample results show bacteria levels are below threshold levels.

For more information, see eha-cloud.doh.hawaii.gov/cwb/#!/viewer?eventId=698 and www.epa.gov/beaches/learn-human-health-beach.