Two beaches at Malaga, Spain, (one clearly polluted, one a “blue flag” beach) were studied to establish their microbiological status; epidemiological studies were carried out to identify any association between use of the beaches and enteric or non-enteric diseases. Correlations were then sought between the results of the two studies. Skin infections were found to be associated with seawater levels of P. aeruginosa, C. albicans and A. hydrophila, which could be related to faecal contamination.

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