Playing in beach sand can make you sick, study finds

6 02 2012

Polluted beach sand can harbour even more pathogens than the surf, according to researchers with the EPA, the University of North Carolina and Johns Hopkins University.

Playing in beach sand can make you sick, study finds.

A surfer is dwarfed by large waves south of the Huntington Beach pier in January. New proposed EPA regulations regarding beach water quality don't seem to reduce the likelihood of illnesses caused by bacteria-contaminated water. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

A surfer is dwarfed by large waves south of the Huntington Beach pier in January. New proposed EPA regulations regarding beach water quality don't seem to reduce the likelihood of illnesses caused by bacteria-contaminated water. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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7 02 2012
misfits' miscellany

So, no more sugar cones, which is ok ’cause you’re not going to the beach anyway. This is the boy in the glass bubble syndrome. You need to be exposed to harmful things, to build up an immunity to them; the boy in the glass bubble, the germ-free environment, stepped out and died within hours.

7 02 2012
Quieter Elephant

Was he hit by a bus?

7 02 2012
kalyrical

Yay. Just HAD to read this before summer start. Joy oh joy. No beaches for me.
Just kidding…but wow, our beaches really have become grotesquely polluted o.O

7 02 2012
Quieter Elephant

Don’t fret TOO much… this was in the States where $$ come before common ¢¢ quite often.

7 02 2012
daterofboys

No wonder I’ve been sick so much…there’s a beach right outside my office!

7 02 2012
Quieter Elephant

You’re not supposed to make sandwiches with real sand, you know!

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