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Beach making you sick?

Friday, June 28, 2013

This was a surprise to me when I first read it, but upon reflection, it makes much sense. The clipping is from Betther Homes and Gardens, July 2012 page 166:

"Craziest way to get sick: Burrowing at the beach

No sense hiding your head in the sand on this one. In a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill survey of 17,000 beach goers, those who used their hands to dig holes and build sand castles were 13% more likely to develop gastroenteritis (stomach flu) than folks who merely walked on the beach and swam. Sand is a hotbed for E.Coli and other bacteria from wildlife and pets, and those germs transfer easily from hands to mouth , says study author Christopher D. Heaney. Wash up or use an alcohol-base hand sanitizer before eating or applying sunscreen to your face."

Sure changes how I view the beach!
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  • SNIC23
    Whoa, that's scary! But good to know, thanks for sharing!!
    1723 days ago
    Goodness me...more days, more things. A friend of mine who lives in Port Elizabeth says her kids can no longer go to the main beach because hypodermic needles from drug users were found buried in the sand. They have reported these incidences to the authorities but nothing appears to have been done about it. So they now drive over an hour to get to a "clean beach" but its worth it.
    1723 days ago
    Wow, I never thought about that. Won't need to as we are 360 miles from the coast.
    1724 days ago
    Thanks for the heads up! I'll be at the beach next weekend and won't be building any sand castles. emoticon
    1724 days ago
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