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University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Study of Public Beaches by University of Miami's Oceans and Human Health Center

Caption: Volunteers participate in research conducted by the University of Miami's Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Preliminary results unveiled at the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting show that swimmers using subtropical public ocean beaches increase their risk for exposure to staph organisms, and may increase their risk for potential staph infections. Results also show the potentially virulent variety of antibiotic resistant staph, MRSA, makes up less than three per cent of staph from the beach waters sampled during the study.

Credit: UM Oceans and Human Health Center

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