Beach bacteria cause many illnesses but often aren’t blamed – Los Angeles Times (CA) – By Marissa Cevallos – (Thursday, June 30, 2011)

by drsjbecker on July 5, 2011

Beaches are still contaminated with pathogens, such as E. coli, that sicken swimmers, according to an annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Rainfall can sweep in contaminants. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

 Many of America’s beaches are still contaminated by sewage water and are teeming with bacteria, but many sickened swimmers don’t realize they’ve caught a disease from the ocean.

That’s the rather filthy picture of America’s coastal areas from the Natural Resources Defense Council in its annual report on the state of the nation’s beaches – salty and otherwise. In 2010, the executive summary notes, the number of closures or warnings was the second highest in the 21 years the report has been issued.,0,6067271.story


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