San Carlos beach closed after sewer contamination

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, dead common murres lie washed up on a rocky beach in Whittier, Alaska. A federal laboratory that assesses disease in wildlife is calling for more research into the deaths of thousands of common murres and other seabirds off Alaska's coast. The National Wildlife Health Center, part of the U.S. Geological Survey, issued a wildlife bulletin Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 on emaciated common murres found dead over the past 11 months.(AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

MONTEREY CO. (BCN) — The Monterey County Health Department has closed San Carlos Beach after a sewage spill Friday contaminated the water.

According to county health officials, the public should not have contact with the beach during the closure.

Health officials also recommend no swimming or contact with storm drain water, which may be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, protozoa or chemicals and could cause serious illness.

All other beaches in the area are currently open without restriction.

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