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Study suggests swimmers at sub-tropical beaches show increased risk of illness
Date:7/28/2010

water quality safety, we recommend taking simple precautions to reduce the risk of microbes so your visit to the beach can be more enjoyable," said Dr. Samir Elmir, environmental administrator with the Miami Dade County Health Department.

Among the top tips from the scientists for a healthy visit to the beach this summer are:

  • Avoiding getting beach water in your mouth, or swallowing seawater.
  • Practicing good beach hygiene by not swimming when ill with flu-like symptoms, diarrhea or open wounds.
  • Showering before entering the ocean and immediately after leaving the water.
  • Washing your hands with soap before eating.
  • Taking small children to the restroom frequently, while on a public beach.

(For more tips, please visit the CDC's guide to preventing recreational water illnesses, http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/rwi/rwi-prevent.html

"Very few studies have been conducted in warm sub-tropical waters such as those found in South Florida. The persistence of microbes can be linked to water temperature, and other environmental factors including sunlight, rainfall, currents, and wave conditions. Moving forward we will use the information we have gathered through B.E.A.C.H.E.S. to help us to better understand these factors, and develop better predictive tools for establishing beach closures," added Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UM.


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Contact: Barbra Gonzalez, UM Rosenstiel School
barbgo@rsmas.miami.edu
305-421-4704
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
Source:Eurekalert

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