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Bacteria spoiling one quarter of all beaches

The Local · 22 Jun 2010, 17:31

Published: 22 Jun 2010 17:31 GMT+02:00

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Automobile club ADAC tested the shallow waters – in which children typically play – for contaminants E-coli and Enterococcus, which usually come from the faeces of humans and other warm blooded mammals, at 72 bathing spots at 22 beaches along the North and Baltic Sea coast.

In nearly a quarter of the cases – or 17 bathing spots – the safe level thresholds were exceeded.

“The results of our measurements are alarming, for it is precisely in the paddling and shallow water areas, in which the measurements were taken, that children normally play,” said ADAC vice president for technology, Thomas Burkhardt.

Some areas were particularly bad. For instance, the testers found several times the acceptable concentration of bacteria in the estuary of a creek at Kiekut beach near Eckernförde, on the Baltic. On the North Sea, the pollution was particularly strong around the beach steps of a stretch of beach near Krummhörn-Upleward.

Gastrointestinal illnesses, skin rashes or inflammations could result from this kind of bacterial pollution, ADAC said.

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More than half the areas measured by ADAC were deemed acceptable, with 17 achieving a rating of “very good.”

The ADAC experts took the measurements during the high beach swimming season last summer.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

22:56 June 22, 2010 by dcgi
Anyone know of a good website to check water quality of German swimming areas?
23:09 June 22, 2010 by whatzup
There's very little surprising about this information. The Med has the same problem with some stats suggesting that 4 out of every 10 swimmers comes down with some gastrointestinal ailment.
23:40 June 22, 2010 by Prufrock2010
You can always go swimming in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. I hear the water's fine over there, and the beaches are not so crowded this season.
02:36 June 23, 2010 by Swigera
Well that ruins my vacation plans... I guess I'll head to the Gulf of Mexico instead.
10:20 June 23, 2010 by srcbie
Some of my friends swimmed in Athens City beach and got skin rashes and inflammations.
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