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E-Coli Gram Infection Spreads in Pools & Bugs in Beach Sand and Fecal Contamination

Updated on June 8, 2014

CDC study: Fecal contamination found in most public pools

Swimming Pools | We must be concerned about more than just sandy beaches. Resort and mostly home swimming pools have health safety issues. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta collected samples of water from pool filters from public pools and tested the samples for genetic material -- DNA of multiple microbes -- and found 58 percent of the pool filter samples tested were positive for E. coli, a marker for fecal contamination. Report 2014

Learn To Shower Before Entering The Water | A high percentage of E. coli-positive filters indicated swimmers frequently contaminate pool water when they have a fecal incident in the water or when feces rinses off their bodies because they do not shower thoroughly before getting into the water.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa | A common bacteria found in the soil and a pathogen to plants also has become antibiotic-resistant and a prolific opportunistic pathogen to humans.

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa was detected in 59 percent of samples. This bacteria causes urinary tract infections, ear infections, respiratory system infections, dermatitis, skin rashes, soft tissue infections, bacteremia, bone and joint infections, gastrointestinal infections and a variety of systemic infections, particularly in patients with severe burns and in cancer and AIDS patients who are immunosuppressed. Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection is a serious problem in patients hospitalized with cancer, cystic fibrosis, and burns. The case fatality rate in these patients is near 50 percent.

Please Don't Drink The Water | It's so easy to accidentally drink the water. If you find yourself getting diarrhea after visiting the pool, please see a physician.

  • An another note, the Chlorine and Bromine used to clean swimming pools replace the Iodine so necessary to keep the Thyroid Gland Functioning properly. Some people will be more sensitive than others. If you find your metabolism changing, loss of hair and sluggishness, the thyroid could be affected.

  • In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated almost 5,000 people -- half teens and children -- for injuries due to pool chemicals.

Beaches Closed Summer 2012 - 2014

May 9, 2014 | Washington State | City of Everett in Snohomish County closed two beaches to swimming, Howarth Park beach and the beach north of Howarth Park, Pidgeon Creek beach. The City will be taking water quality samples today to determine when the beaches can be reopened. The swimming closure was issued in response to a sewage spill caused by a force main break last night. Updates

Georgia Map of Beach Monitoring

Northern California Beaches have a problem with upland activity that contaminates the water ways and beaches down stream. This means surrounding communities cause problems to neighboring sites.

Costa Rica | Planning a marvelous vacation and want to stay safe. Check the reports for beach safety. Seven beaches contaminated with coliform early in 2014

Brazil | Sadly, one of the most polluted beach scenes will spoil you view and also your desire to go into the water or on the beach. Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.

TheWhig | Two beaches closed. Lake Ontario Park and Reddendale Crerar Park exceeded acceptable bacteriological water quality standards appropriate for swimming.

NY POST | June 2, 2012 report | UNIONDALE — Health officials have temporarily banned swimming at 19 Long Island beaches after heavy rain raised concerns about bacteria in the water. Nassau County's health department says it has closed 14 beaches to bathing on Long Island Sound and five on the Atlantic coast. Storm water runoff after heavy rains can wash all kinds of things into the water, but health authorities are especially concerned about bacteria from sewage.


Wikipedia E. Coli Image

The cause of the problem. These wiggly guys are messing up your guts.
The cause of the problem. These wiggly guys are messing up your guts.

All Those E-Coli May Not Only Be Beach Dwellers

Germany | People are dying from deadly epidemic spread of E-coli infection.


Ten already dead and 400 cases reported in Northern Germany. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said this strain of Escherichia coli infection can lead to kidney failure and death and is difficult to treat with antibiotics, according to the Robert Koch Institute, which is Germany’s disease control authority.

Contaminated cucumbers were shipped to Hungary and Luxembourg. Infections came from eating raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce that were bought in northern Germany. | Ban Lifted | The department said Escherichia coli (E. coli) levels of bacteria had spiked for single samplings at each beach, taken Monday, July 18, 2011. Samples on Wednesday July 20, 2011 showed the level of E coli had dropped significantly.

The county will, through Labor Day, continue testing at these beaches and at Pier Cove Beach, Douglas Beach, Oval Beach and the beach at Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

Results of ongoing sampling and any advisories for Allegan County and the rest of the State can be viewed at Thursday, July 21, 2011

Newsday July 2011 | Water officials seeking source of E. coli | About 100,000 people in seven Nassau County communities had to boil their tap water or buy supplies of the bottled variety Thursday as water district officials searched for the source of E. coli bacteria.

Water officials seeking source of E. coli

When Beach Sand Goes Bad

Beachgoers beware: Stomach bugs lurk in sand boasts the headline announcing that children who bury themselves in contaminated beach sand end up with diarrhea.

The problem is that they don't know it is contaminated. The article doesn't say whether there was a foul odor or discoloration to the sand. They don't inform us of tell-tale signs. Maybe people need to fill out feedback forms on exiting the beach to have quality reports like we do for dangerous ocean currents?

As a parent, I make sure to keep a lid on the outdoor sandbox in the playground so that the kids don't touch cat feces contaminated with toxoplasmosis. Are these precautions for fun or folly? No. They are for our protection. Why do we allow contamination to continue?

Instead of cat remains, our beach fronts reek of our own squalor. Now, who wants to go to the beach? They say, "just walk on the sand, but do not dig in it." Who takes the kids to the beach without a sand pail and shovel? Don't we want to walk along the sands picking up shells to use as scoops? What's the use of going if we can't build castles, moats, and waterways and watch the waves come in?

Besides, even the ocean is filthy today. They say the sewage outlet does not have to be right next to the sandy beach for it to be contaminated. The study involved beaches within a distance of 7 miles of sewage spew, that sounds far enough to me. This is so comforting to know. What are we going to do in the summer to celebrate Labor Day Holiday, the Fourth of July and all the other traditional special occasions?

Okay. The message is clear. Our world is contaminated. Must we use sanitizer to wash our hands everywhere we go? That was one recommendation in the article. Postscript: Even the sanitizer is unhealthy to use because it contributes to abundantly increasing new strains of bacteria and micro-organisms. It seems there is no where to turn. We are all stuck in this fishbowl and now we live and breath the pollution.

It is not just heavy metal particles, but living organisms we are breeding in our own waste products. We get flashing news reports to warn us of this events. We receive the signals but we are not reacting to them. We are numb. Yes! numb as a piece of wood. We feel not the slowly boiling kettle of water.


  • California Water Environment Association News

    Learn about event in the Los Angeles Basin Section of California where people get together and try to clean up the water.

  • It's Not Just Beaches ~ Check Your Cellphone
    Each day on the calendar celebrates something new. We even have a World Wide Hand Washing Day! In this way we make a point of creating awareness about sanitation practices to stop spreading germs like E-coli. Well, researchers get into the messiest places and even though you may think bathrooms would be the worst place, we may look elsewhere. Check your hands! Are you holding a cellphone? The facts show that when people don't wash after using the toilet, they contaminate their hand held phone, which in turn may cause upset stomachs and food poisoning. Please do the right thing!

Stay Home and Cover The Sandbox

This is our world, a little piece of home. We must live with what we produce. Why is there a child missing from this picture?
This is our world, a little piece of home. We must live with what we produce. Why is there a child missing from this picture?

What Are The Warning Signs?

California Beaches

New York Times | Surf’s Up, but the Water Is Brown

Dirty water has been around for a while now. Here is a quote from a 2007 article, "Investigators studying beach attendance for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission say the beaches of Santa Monica Bay — a 60-mile stretch from Malibu south to the Palos Verdes Peninsula — are drawing almost one million fewer visits each year, largely because of public apprehensions about the water."

You can visibly see the discolored water and smell the stench that does not wash off. Surfers and swimmers become so ill with skin rashes, ear infections and gastrointestinal ailments, so they prefer not to go into the water.

The brave who want to go the water try to protect themselves with vitamins, getting hepatitis and tetanus vaccinations, and rinsing body cavities with hydrogen peroxide. Personally, I wouldn't count on these for protection.

The problem is that even if they think the swimming pool is the better solution, it may not be, but that is for another hubpage. There is a reference to an outdated article on "unclean swimming pool water" found on homeopathy world community. I believe most of us have experienced the summer 'accident' in the community pool, and found that they had to close for a week or more throughout the summer months.


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How does this make you feel? For me she is helpless. I can't tell you how uncomfortable it is to watch this video. She is STUCK! What do you think of her mom telling her she can do it and get out by herself.

It is almost like being buried alive. Now to think after this episode she went home to be terribly ill and I imagine emotionally and mentally affected by this incident.

Buried in Sand

Look At The Child Buried Up To His Neck

Take a close look at the photo that goes with the news article. There is a child buried up to his neck stretching up to the sky in sand that looks like an ant mound. Tell me, is that child screaming, or what? Sure, if you were covered in E. coli and Enterococcus you might be a bit miffed. And he can't move his arms or legs. He's completely stuck.

  • This is the real thing everyone. Scientists published the data in the American Journal of Epidemiology and found that digging in the sand raised the risk of diarrhea by 44 percent in young children — those under the age of 11. And kids who were buried in the sand were 27 percent more likely to develop diarrhea than those who weren’t.

This was no small study, 27,000 people were interviewed. Although the children who developed diarrhea did not have to go to the emergency room or physician it makes for a very uncomfortable trip to the beach. It's not like sand up your pants. This includes cramps, running to find a bathroom. Now where would they do that? Probably, most likely, I'm just guessing, RIGHT! In the ocean. Okay. There youhave it, the spread of disease.

The point being we are the cause of all this pollution. I'm not blaming the poor children, mind you. The double trouble is that if you tell your child to wash their hands, not only are the contaminants in the soil, but also in the water. What is the solution? Rinse hands with bottled water that you brought with you. Pretty expensive. You probably already know what I think of plastic bottled water? That's for another story.

  • Dr. Peter Katona tells it like it is, "germs everywhere.. . And the pathogens aren’t always where you expect them to be. Door knobs, for example, have been shown to have more germs than toilet seats."

What this means is we share the planet with all kinds of microbes and organisms. The problem is that they should have their place, while we have ours. We are enabling them to grow out of control in areas they do not belong.

What Do You Know?

Did you already know that our precious sandy beaches were contaminated with microbes?

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Gram stains: Enterococcus

Let's Clean Up Our Act

We cannot sanitize this type of situation. We cannot "sweep it under the rug." We cannot bury our heads in the sand. (no pun intended) We can not hide from what we have created. We feel the effects daily.

  • Sanitation is the hygienic means of promoting health through prevention of human contact with the hazards of wastes. Hazards can be either physical, microbiological, biological or chemical agents of disease. Wastes that can cause health problems are human and animal feces, solid wastes, domestic wastewater (sewage, sullage, greywater), industrial wastes, and agricultural wastes. Hygienic means of prevention can be by using engineering solutions (e.g. sewerage and wastewater treatment), simple technologies (e.g. latrines, septic tanks), or even by personal hygiene practices (e.g. simple handwashing with soap).


Dumping chemicals, waste products, fertilizers, washing detergents, sludge and other hazardous materials into our oceans is not an answer. For me, I always like to end on a positive note. I like to say we must find solutions. We must act responsibly. Not only talk about it but do something. The people nearest to the contamination are most likely the ones with the incentive. If it is their beaches that they want to enjoy as a place of harmony in nature and recreation.

We must hold our representatives, utilities, industries and ourselves accountable.

Florida Makes Her Move

The research study was done in the Northeast and I hope they get the message. I found out that Florida [population 18 million] in the Southeast is making the move to clean up. I hope its not too late. Florida is dependent upon her recreational facilities, ocean front properties, homes to retirement centers, snowbirds, fragile elderly and growing younger population. This does not include all the natural wildlife that could also be effected by the disruption in the environment.

  • “The sun-drenched beaches of southeast Florida lure tourists from all over the world. But few of them may realize that a torrent of human waste is dumped silently every day into the seemingly pristine waters offshore. ”
  • | The Cleanest and Dirtiest Beaches in America | has an article with a map and pinpoint locations. Or you can visit NRDC for a chart
  • Check the Miami water quality of your home and the notice whether you need to boil your water.
  • Florida Panhandle Beaches Come up short Bacterial concentrations in recreational waters can increase during and immediately following rainstorms due to overflowing sewage collection and treatment facilities, storm water runoff, malfunctioning septic systems and agricultural runoff.

No pointing fingers. This problem is everywhere. Even the popular vacation locations in Brazil and most likely every other coastal area around the globe.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO - The contrasts are striking, and are plain to visitors from the moment they arrive in Rio. From the plane they can see the sparkling jewel of Guanabara bay, as they land on its largest island, but then they have to drive past the fetid waters of a sluggish channel and a number of "favelas" or shanty towns to get to the city centre and tourist areas.

Self Care Through Homeopathy

You didn't think I would write a story without adding a few hints about homeopathy, did you?

Although I believe homeopathy helps heal our illnesses, I do not think it is a solution for this pandemic problem. The behavior of our populations is not eco-friendly. We cannot take a camping trip in the woods and not dispose of our waste products properly. Maybe this will take innovations in technology. I wouldn't doubt we already have the technology, but just haven't invested in them because the upfront costs might be great, but the 'end results' might be life-saving.

With that said there are remedies for intestinal viruses and upset commonly used. But, I have a feeling they may not work if we continue down this path. Through my experiences I am learning that humans now need new remedies that are similar to the disease causative factors.

More and more people need nosodes [disease matter] and isopathy [ remedies from the original germ, bug or etiology]. We may be seeing more homeopathic E-coli, parasite, amoeba or other microbe help alleviate the distress.

You can learn a lot about acute diarrhea and homeopathic remedies on Hpathy.

The most common remedy for poison poisoning is Arsenicum album with 19 other remedies listed relating to other specific unique symptoms.

  • The Hpathy article relates that Dr. J.B.Bell stated there were at least 140 indicated remedies to deal with diarrhea. That is why it is best to find a professional homeopath. Arsenicum album and Veratrum album come to mind first.
  • Arsenicum. Stools in small quantities. Restlessness, anguish and intolerance of pain. Thirst for small quantities and often. The prostration and weakness are out the stool, of all proportion to stool.
  • Antimonium tartaricum is known for helping the body remove intestinal parasites [Boericke'sHomeopathic Materia Medica]. Homeopathic remedies are not drugs and are unlikely to have any drug interactions or negative side effects.

Dr. Shah reports about toxic poisoning from fecal matter. This might occur if the contaminated water was swallowed.

  • Contamination of food products and water supplies with infected fecal matter causes widespread infections. Flies can spread the infection directly from stool to foods. Typhoid is a water and food borne disease. Poor, as well as developing countries, such as Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Shri Lanka, Bangldesh), African countries have Enteric fever as a major health menace.

Some people research digestive cleansing and other nutritionals including the well-known supplement of acidophilis to aid the body in replenishing beneficial bacteria to the intestinal tract.

  • Taking a teaspoon of vinegar is a home remedy that may or may not work.
  • For a serious condition of Typhoid, seek immediate medical treatment

Indian Ritual Buries Children in Sand

During the 2009 eclipse Indian women buried their children in sand up to their chin.

In the early morning hours July 22, 2009, when the longest solar eclipse of the century turned day into night in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Vietnam, China and parts of the Pacific handicapped children were buried in sand in the belief it would cure them.

I hope this Hub sparked some activity to take precautions with your self and your family when visiting the ocean beaches. This is a reminder to keep a home and travel homeopathic emergency kit. And most of all, let's find ways to clean up the contamination instead of looking the other way.

Copper May Hold Answers To E-Coli | Researchers believe that food handled with surfaces made of coppers could significantly reduce the risk of the outbreak in the near future.

Researchers believe that a copper surface can greatly reduce the rapid proliferation of viruses and bacteria. Though it cannot be an ultimate defense against the breakout yet use of copper can greatly benefit against food borne diseases.

The study researcher and a microbiologist Bill Keevil from the University of Southampton in UK and his colleagues in a 2006 study, placed on a copper surface 10 million E. coli O157cells, a notorious food-borne bacteria strain. All the bacteria were killed in an hour or so. Recently, the researchers found that a copper surface can kill other dreadful strains of E. coli bacteria in near about 10 minutes.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency pronounced copper as an antimicrobial material, in 2008. Though it is destructive for microorganisms, it poses least health hazards to humans in general.
  • Many hospitals have started using copper bars, handles and railings in the premises to reduce the risk of infections. Many researchers are putting their efforts find a way to fight contamination by producing solutions containing copper in which food items can be dipped and purged of microorganisms.
  • The research professor of food sciences Salam Ibrahim and his colleagues, from North Carolina A & T State University, last year conducted a study that found that low concentrations of copper combined with lactic acid on the surface of tomatoes and lettuces can help kill E. coli O157. Salam Ibrahim and his colleagues hope to make their solution for commercial use for the benefit of public health.

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      Dr. Robert Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Wow- and I thought the "sharks" were bad! No more beaches for moi!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Very good idea Fluffy. Check out your beaches before you go. Hope you're having a super day. Love, Debby

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      7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Good to stay informed, I always want a shower after being at a beach maybe it's a good idea anyway.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      9 years ago

      Hi Anginwu ~ I was thinking today how everything starts with us. With one person in each neighborhood, taking the time to do that one extra thing. Thinking about our actions. Telling others. Thanks for reading.

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      9 years ago

      Good information. The earth has long taken abuse and now, it's come to this--our children can't even enjoy the beach. If we can all just do our little part to show some love and respect by not polluting the earth, maybe, there can be a turnaround in somewhere in the distance.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      9 years ago

      Dear Tatjana ~ It is nice to see you again. Thanks for reading the hub that came from the heart. It is so difficult to watch our world being destroyed before our eyes. Do we have a part in what is happening? What are the little things we can do to make a difference.

      I believe the oceans and sands for millennium have been the filter of the microbes keeping everything in check. But, now within a few decades we have overloaded their capacity to keep our earth in balance and clean.

      PS. I like your new photo!

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      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Heh, Debby, I instinctively avoid sand beaches all my life. I prefere rocks and stones, now I know why.

      Viruses and bacterias are toxic, but human immune system is very low, so this is main problem.

      Beautiful article!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the support. Maybe people can comment with their ideas on how to make a difference?

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      Sioux Ramos 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      A great healing hub. Informing of things we sometims ignore as well as providing common sense solutions. thanks


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