Three beaches in Mexico have too much fecal matter to be suitable for vacationing, and yes, all three are in Acapulco

Three beaches in Mexico have too much fecal matter to be suitable for vacationing, and yes, all three are in Acapulco
Three beaches in Mexico have too much fecal matter to be suitable for vacationing, and yes, all three are in Acapulco

In the last Cofepris sampling last April, only one beach was considered “suitable for not vacationing” and it was in Baja California. Given that historically several beaches in Acapulco are usually found, the surprise was that all the beaches in Guerrero were considered safe.

But no more. Hornos, Suave and Manzanillo, in Acapulco, have exceeded the permitted limit of 200 enterococci in 100 milliliters of water. That is the limit allowed for a beach to be considered suitable for vacationing.

The analysis that is done prior to each holiday period is part of the Seawater Surveillance Program for Recreational Use with Primary Contact. The main objective is to sample Enterococcus faecalis, a bacterium that is normally found in feces and in the intestines of all people.

However, if the bacteria spread to other parts of the body, they can cause everything from urinary infections, periodontitis and meningitis, to sepsis, in the case of some extreme response of the body to an infection.

Based on the samples, the ten most contaminated beaches by the number of enterococci per 100 milliliters are the following:

  1. Manzanillo, Acapulco, with 373 enterococci (not suitable for vacations)
  2. Hornos, Acapulco, with 292 enterococci (not suitable for vacations)
  3. Mild, Acapulco, with 241 enterocos (not suitable for vacations)
  4. Icacos I, Acapulco, with 199 enterococci
  5. Nexpa 1, Aquila Michoacán, with 194 enterocos
  6. Caleta, Acapulco, with 193 enterocos
  7. Yelapa, Jalisco, with 181 enterocos
  8. Tumbao II, Veracruz, with 173 enterococci
  9. El Bosque, Tabasco, with 172 enterocos
  10. Quimixto, Jalisco, with 172 enterococci

When it comes to states, there are some whose beaches are very safe. In Yucatan, none of the beaches exceeds 20 enterococci per 100 milliliters, and in Tamaulipas none is above 15. Other highly rated states are Sonora (except for Miramar beach, which has 62 enterococci), Sinaloa, and Quintana Roo.

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The article is in Spanish

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