Saturday, February 14, 2009

Beaches may harbor staph bacteria: U.S. study | Reuters

A new warning has been issued for beach goers. Caution is advised when swimming or sunbathing at the beach. Studies are showing that Staph and MRSA bacteria are "hanging out" in areas of warm sea water, like Florida for instance.

According to the study, people who swim in subtropical marine waters have a 37 percent higher risk of being exposed to staph bacteria, including an antibiotic resistant staph (MRSA) known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

Now, being a Microbiologist, I can tell you that Staph (and MRSA) are skin bacteria. They will be anywhere people "hang out". Whether it's the gym, the grocery store, or swimming pools or beaches. Staph and MRSA can survive for some time on surfaces (up to weeks) and can survive in water for some time, including swimming pools.

Your best advice to help avoid MRSA is to shower before and after entering any body of water (including swimming pools), and do not enter the water if you have any open cuts, sores or wounds.

And, please do not use the anti-microbial soaps - they are not proven to reduce pathogenic bacteria anyway, and they just harm your own body's good bacteria, thus making your MORE PRONE to MRSA.

Click below for the full article:
Beaches may harbor staph bacteria: U.S. study | Science & Health | Reuters

Michelle Moore
Microbiologist and Natural Health Advocate
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