Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Get Back In To The Water, Staph Bacteria and Subtropical Beaches.
Posted Feb 19 2009 5:14pm
Reuters via Yahoo! reports that Subtropical beaches may be a transfer point for the Staphylococcus bacteria, specifically the anti-biotic resistant strain.
“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.
Staph infections are on the rise everywhere. Hospitals are trying hard to prevent the spread of the bacteria from patient to patient and in the gym it’s very important to wipe down equipment BEFORE and after you use it. Most gyms as that you do it after you use and provide an antibacterial solution. It’s very important to do it before you use the equipment because you don’t really know if the person before you wiped down when they were finished.
The report from Reuters says that they don’t want you to be scared to go to the beach, but they suggest showering before and after entering the waters and not to enter waters with open wounds.