Triathlon is a rapidly growing sport, the 3 pronged dynamic that includes swimming, cycling and running usually requires athletes to swim in the sea. Trouble is, the sea in the UK may not be the cleanest thing going, particularly with new evidence to suggest that a drug resistant form of E.Coli could be lurking in our seas. By swallowing the water people increase the risk of developing a disease secondary to bacteria.
Although there are various ways that we can develop diseases from antibiotic- resistant bacteria, researchers say that this is just another way we could become infected. Despite there being a risk of e.coli from sea water, the amount present in sea and river water is 0.12%, this means the risk is very low, but poses a ‘potential risk’ all the same.
Mail Online, (2015). Sea swimmers at risk of drug defiant E.coli: Warning after analysis of water finds strain that is resistant to antibiotics. Retrieved 30th March, 2015, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3017287/Sea-swimmers-risk-drug-defiant-E-coli.html#ixzz3VroVmaE9