Navigation Links
Staying Dry at Beach May Spare Your Stomach
Date:2/8/2008

Longer exposure to water, wet sand boosts gastrointestinal illness risk, study says

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- When you're at the beach, you may want to stay on dry sand as much as possible, suggests a University of Florida researcher who conducted a two-year study of three Florida beaches to assess possible health effects of beach sand.

"What we found was that there was no increased health risk due to exposure to sand on the upper beach," Tonya D. Bonilla, a doctoral student at the College of Veterinary Medicine's department of infectious diseases and pathology, said in a prepared statement. "However, the longer the period of time people spent in the water and in the wet sand, the higher the probability that they would experience some gastrointestinal illness."

Bonilla had 882 people who spent time at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Hollywood Beach and Hobie Beach fill out a questionnaire four days after their beach visit. The questionnaire asked about the type and duration of beach activity and whether people became ill after their beach visit. The study also included a control group of 609 people who hadn't been to a beach for at least nine days.

The epidemiological data collected in the study was analyzed by Jay. M. Fleisher, an associate professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University.

"Our findings suggest that there is an increased risk of acquiring gastroenteritis the longer a bather either sits in the wet sand or stays in the water," Fleisher said in a prepared statement. "The probability that an individual will become sick increases over expected non-exposure rates from six out of 1,000 people for a 10-minute exposure to approximately 12 out of 100 people for a two-hour stay in the wet sand."

"For exposure to water, these rates increase from seven out of 1,000 people affected over expected non-exposure rates for a 10-minute stay to approximately seven out of 100 people exposed for a 70-minute stay," Fleisher said.

"At this point, we don't know whether the increased health risk is due to pathogen exposure. To really understand this, a more comprehensive and targeted epidemiological approach is needed," Bonilla said.

The study was published recently in Marine Pollution Bulletin.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about viral gastroenteritis.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Florida, news release, February 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. NFL Linemen Predisposed to Cardiovascular Disease; Early Detection is Key to Getting and Staying Healthy
2. YOU: Staying Young Fourth New York Times Best-Seller for RealAge Test Creator Dr. Michael Roizen!
3. Citrus juice, vitamin C give staying power to green tea antioxidants
4. Staying sharp in San Diego
5. Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen Prove That Aging Is Actually Reversible in You: Staying Young on Discovery Health
6. Staying sharp in Washington, D.C.
7. AUDIO from Medialink and Radica: Staying Sharp with Games for Your Brain
8. CyberKnife Centers of Miami, Palm Beach and Tampa Invited to Join M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Study
9. Orthopaedic Clinic of Daytona Beach Chooses IDC for Transition to Digital X-ray
10. Delray Beach Mayor Commemorates Diagnostic Centers of America (DCA) $2 Million Purchase from Siemens to Become Only Medical Facility in South Florida with Worlds Most Advanced Cardiac Scanner.
11. Community Hospital of Long Beach - Help Us Win an MRI Scanner!
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Staying Dry at Beach May Spare Your Stomach
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest growing franchisors ... a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway 190, in January ... Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows it to serve ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) will present the 2017 Morris ... of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s Annual Symposium is taking ... in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award is presented to an individual ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Dr. ... recently contributed a medical article to the newly revamped Cosmetic Town journal ... spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, October 21, the Health & Wellness Center ... to raise money for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Teams of up to ... together to keep their treadmills moving for 5 hours. Treadmills will start at 7:00 ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... in property taxes a year. In some states—like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, ... contrast, many overseas retirement havens have extremely low property-tax rates, which contributes to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2, 2017 Halo Labs announces the European launch of ... the HORIZON at MIBio 2017 in Cambridge, U.K ... particulate matter in biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented speed and sensitivity while ... technique Backgrounded Membrane Imaging. ... HORIZON subvisible particle analysis system ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... Cohen Veterans Bioscience and Early Signal Foundation announce a ... sensors for real-time monitoring of patients with trauma-related and ... focused on disruptive health solutions for rare disorders and ... record and integrate behavioral, cognitive, physiological and contextual data. ... ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... Sept. 25, 2017   Montrium , an ... solutions, today—from the IQPC Trial Master Files & ... NL)—announced that EastHORN Clinical Services has selected ... and TMF management. EastHORN, a leading European contract ... to increase transparency to enable greater collaboration with ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: