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Hazards: At the Beach, Watch Out for Dirty Sand, Too

Swimming in water that contains too much bacteria from sewage and other sources is a well-known risk for getting sick. But playing in sand next to that water may be even riskier, a new study finds. Writing in The American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers said that the sand could also contain high levels of fecal bacteria, and that people who dig in it could develop gastrointestinal illnesses. For the study, researchers got contact information for more than 25,000 people visiting seven beaches within seven miles of sewage treatment plants.
 
 

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