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Date:7/14/2009

and upper respiratory illnesses.

The study authors cautioned the public not to be too concerned about the study findings; after all, millions of Americans visit beaches every summer, and the amount of actual infection was less than 10 percent in any age group, said Heaney.

Still, beachgoers can take some precautions after playing in the sand. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, said Tim Wade, an EPA epidemiologist and the study's senior author.

Wade added: "People should not be discouraged from enjoying sand at the beach."

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Read more about some of the types of bacteria found in beach sand at the Surfrider Foundation.



-- Peter West



SOURCE: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, news release, July 9, 2009


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