Kids playing in the sand…innocent fun, eh? Beachgoers who play in or are buried in the sand are at higher risk of developing diarrhea and gastrointestinal diseases than folks who avoid these activities, find scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. High levels of E. coli and evidence of fecal contamination have been found in beaches in Hawaii, California, Florida and the Great Lakes.
Protect yourself: Wash your hands (and your kids’!) with warm water and soap or use hand sanitizer, said the study’s senior author Tim Wade, Ph.D., an Environmental Protection Agency epidemiologist.