Just when you thought all you had to worry about was sharks.
For many Americans, swimming at the beach can result in a trip to the doctor, says a study in the Journal of Water and Health.
Swimmers developed significantly more ailments requiring medical attention, such as gastrointestinal illnesses and eye infections, compared with nonswimmers following a day at the beach, researchers found. Nearly 17% of swimmers developed at least one new symptom after the outing, compared with 13.5% of nonswimmers. About a third of the affected beachgoers missed work or other activities as a result.
An estimated 41% of Americans swim in oceans, lakes, rivers or streams every year, according to the study.
About three-quarters of beachgoers went into the water, on average. Of these, 65.1% immersed their head, 41.3% got water in their mouth and 18.5% swallowed the water. Goggles were used by 8.7% of swimmers, earplugs by 1.2% and nose clips by 0.3%.
Health problems were reported during phone interviews 10 to 12 days after the beach visit. The most common were gastrointestinal illnesses, respiratory infections, ear and eye problems, urinary-tract infections and rash. Ear aches were prevalent in children under age 5, while people in their 20s were more likely to develop eye and urinary infections.
For the record, I swim a few times a week in the bay water of New Jersey as well as surf and have never gotten and of the illnesses listed. . Based on this info you probably have a better chance of getting a water related illness that attacked by a shark.
A Belated Look at New York’s Cooling Towers, Prime Suspect in Legionnaires’ Outbreak
Since the outbreak that gave Legionnaires’ disease its name nearly four decades ago, water-cooling towers have been identified as prime breeding grounds for the deadly disease.
But even as cases have increased across the nation, and experts have called for more safeguards, New York City has done little to address the risks the towers pose as they power air-conditioning systems in many large buildings.
Given its name by a 1976 outbreak at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia, the airborne respiratory disease has sickened thousands of New Yorkers. The city’s first confirmed case, in 1977, was a 68-year-old Manhattan woman (who recovered), and since then, the disease has struck again and again, in apartment complexes, office buildings and even on a cruise ship. But the disease has typically come in smaller numbers and with only scattered deaths, and that has largely left the government reacting to outbreaks rather than trying to prevent them.
Precisely how and where the 86 people with Legionnaires’ in the current South Bronx outbreak contracted it remained under investigation by health authorities. But five water cooling towers — a component of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in many modern buildings — have tested positive for legionella in the affected area and are thought to be the source of the outbreak. That finding has highlighted longstanding concerns about the upkeep and oversight of the cooling towers, which provide the damp, warm environment that the bacteria need to thrive and must be cleaned regularly to prevent bacteria from taking root.
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Hitchhiking Robot, Safe in Several Countries, Meets Its End in Philadelphia
After an international adventure that included spending a week with a heavy metal band, cruising through the canals of Amsterdam and participating in a wave at a Boston Red Sox game, a hitchhiking robot met a brutal demise in a Philadelphia alley on Saturday. It was 1 year old.
Nice job Philly!
Good golf this afternoon and lots of sun! Get out there and enjoy summer (remember last winter) while you can.
Have a great day and an even better sales week!