Researchers Find Staph Clings To Beach Goers

When you go for a pleasant swim at your local American beach you may be coming out of the water with a killer.
There is a 37 percent risk of leaving the beach with a staph bacteria including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
Researchers tested more than 1,000 beach goers in Florida. The test subjects spent 15 minutes dunking themselves in the sea and then bringing sea water back in a jug back with them.

Reuters reports:

“We think that people are the instruments for bringing their organisms into the water and leaving it behind,” Dr. Lisa Plano of the University of Miami told reporters at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago on Friday.

“I don’t know if that is the only source. The bacteria may still be in the sand left over from other people, but we haven’t studied that. These are things we plan to do in the future.”

Most people will not fall ill from the bacteria. Those with compromised immune systems though have a greater chance though of coming down with a staph infection.

For healthy sun bathers with no gaping wounds the experts say you should escape any serious infections.

To reduce your risk though shower prior to going to the beach and then once more after you get out of the water.


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