People should “consider washing their hands or using a hand sanitizer after playing in the sand or water.”
The Los Angeles Times reports,
Take warning, beachgoers: That carefully built sand castle could turn out to be a real pain in the gut.
Digging and playing in beach sand puts people at higher risk of getting sick than swimming or sunbathing, according to a new study led by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Researchers surveyed some 5,000 beach visitors and found that those who dug in the most contaminated sand were twice as likely to fall ill with diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach aches. Those who had been buried in the sand showed an even greater tendency to get sick…