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!