|Paradise or public health hazard?|
Here is a brief report on the potential health risks of beach sand in Infection Control Today.
In 2009, I did a radio interview with WRVA Newsradio 1140 AM on the findings related to this paper, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Digging in the sand and being being buried in the sand was associated with gastrointestinal illness and diarrhea.
Beach sand can concentrate enteric pathogens. Be sure to wash your hands before putting your hands in your mouth or eating your picnic at the beach.
Don't forget the sunblock either.