98% of the beaches in Mexico are suitable for recreation: Cofepris

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98% of the beaches in Mexico are suitable for recreation: Cofepris

98.5% of the country’s beaches can be classified as suitable, since they meet the safety levels for enterococci established by the World Health Organization (WHO), reported the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris).

Seawater samples from 270 beaches in tourist destinations in the 17 coastal states were analyzed in order to determine whether or not they represent a health risk, Cofepris said in a statement.

The results indicated that 265 of these beaches are suitable for recreational use, since they meet the requirement of having 200 or fewer enterococci per 100 milliliters of water.

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The Hornos, Tlacopanocha and Suave beaches, in Acapulco, Guerrero, and the Sayulita beach, in Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, exceeded the established limits, which is why it is considered a beach not suitable for recreational use.

Playa Hermosa, in Ensenada, Baja California, is marked as not suitable by state and municipal authorities due to the health risk posed by the constant discharge of wastewater in the area.

This level of consideration of suitable and unsuitable beaches, used by the institutions to establish whether or not a beach implies a health risk, is constituted in accordance with the WHO guidelines, which is 200 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, and It is carried out following the operational manual for the monitoring of primary contact water in seawater from beaches and freshwater bodies.

The update makes it possible to monitor the Enterococcus faecalis bacterium to assess the sanitary conditions of seawater, since it is resistant to adverse conditions and due to its characteristics it can develop in an environment with 6.5 percent sodium chloride, potential hydrogen (pH ) of 9.6 and between 10 and 45 degrees Celsius.

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The quality of water in tourist centers is a primary factor in guaranteeing the protection of the health of visitors who come into contact with it, which is why the health authority has carried out these tests since 2003 with a preventive approach.

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