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High bacterial levels at Cove Park

The public is advised of high bacterial levels at Cove Park in Kihei, which has been detected during routine beach monitoring, the Department of Health Clean Water Branch announced Thursday afternoon.

The advisory for this beach is posted because testing for enterococci indicate that potentially harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or parasites may be present in the water. Swimming at beaches with pollution in the water may make you ill, according to a news release.

Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely populations to develop illnesses or infections after coming into contact with polluted water, usually while swimming. The illnesses 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, the news release said.

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