Swimming In Sea Increases Risk Of Contracting Drug Defiant E.Coli


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

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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