Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
Whether we like it or not, our nation’s beaches are not as clean as we would prefer them to be. Ocean water contaminated with sewage, storm run-off and oil carries bacteria, parasites, and viruses, which can cause a variety of diseases. From Staph infections to earaches, hepatitis to skin rashes and respiratory issues, Americas waters are an environmental hot bed for infection. For the last five years, there have been 18,000 beaches closing across the United States. 2009 brought 18,682 days of closures and notices as a result of water contamination and pollution at beaches throughout the United States.
Following, nine surprising infections that are found in the nation’s oceans…
NRDC’s Testing the Waters database
Check the status of your favorite beaches at the NRDC’s Testing the Waters database.