Hudson River off-limits because of sewage spill

Westchester County Health Department officials say direct contact with the water from the Hudson River could be dangerous.

A fire at a major wastewater treatment plant in Manhattan located about 10 miles south of Yonkers has released massive amounts of untreated wastewater into the Hudson since Thursday evening.

As a result, health officials say water recreation along the Hudson will have to be curbed through the weekend to protect people from exposure to bacteria that can result in illnesses.

While boating is safe, health officials say people need to avoid direct contact with the water so the warning is aimed mostly at swimmers, kayakers, windsurfers and Jet Skiers.

Exposure to bacteria-tainted water can cause symptoms of severe diarrhea, fever and cramping.

Health officials say the ebb and flow of the tide acts as a natural cleaning mechanism, and the health advisory will remain in place so river can clean itself.

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