Surf’s Up for Pathogenic Viruses and Bacteria, Too
A day at the shore can leave beachgoers with more than a sunburn—a gulp of seawater can expose swimmers to disease-causing microbes like norovirus, salmonella, and adenovirus. Marine scientist Rachel Noble and environmental medicine researcher Samuel Dorevitch discuss the risk, and what’s being done to limit swimmers’ exposure.
Rachel Noble is a distinguished professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in Morehead City, North Carolina.
Samuel Dorevitch is an occupational and environmental medicine specialist at the University of Illinois, Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.