The winter holidays can be enjoyed on the beach, as the health authorities reported that 269 of them are suitable for swimming, while only three exceeded the levels of bacteria.
In the ‘Seawater Quality Results’, the Federal Commission for the Protection of Health Risks (Cofepris) states that the NMP (Most Likely Number) limit of Enterococcocos – bacteria that can cause urinary infections, bacteremia, endocarditis, diverticulitis and meningitis – is 200 points.
This, after health authorities analyzed water 273 points in 70 destinations in the 17 coastal states.
Acapulco beaches don’t make the list
The Beaches Soft (419 NMP); Icacos (3740 NMP), and Manzanillo (300 NMP), from Acapulco, Guerrero, were the only ones that exceeded the limits set by the health authorities.
Two of them, Playa Suave and Manzanillo, failed to improve the quality of the water, since in the previous report, prepared between June and July last were also one of the most polluted.
Meanwhile, Concepción Bamba Beach in Santo Domingo Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, has no available results as «they presented technical problems that prevented sampling», the commission reported in a statement.
Graphic: Elisa Terán
What to do if you swim in contaminated water?
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) recommended that if you develop any symptoms such as fever, intestinal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, headache, eye or skin irritation, you should immediately go to the hotel doctor or health center closest to the site.
If none of the symptoms appear, but have sunened in contaminated waters or suspicious health conditions, further immersion in them should be avoided.
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How to keep the beaches clean?
About cleaning the beaches, Semarnat recommended:
-Do not contaminate the beach with garbage.
-Go to the toilet in the facilities where you are.
-In case of consuming food or drinks on the beach, collect containers and waste; these should not be thrown into the sea.
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