07 July 2017

Kid’s sandpits harbour superbug that cause stomach upsets, diarrhoea and bowel damage, a study finds

KIDS’ sandpits harbour a superbug that causes stomach upsets, diarrhoea and even bowel damage, a study found.

The C.diff bacteria was found in more than half of communal play areas tested.

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The study tested sand from public parks and playgrounds and included sandpits for kids and dogs[/caption]

Worryingly, scientists even discovered some ­genetically diverse strains which showed resistance to several drugs, including antibiotics.

The superbug findings were more than double the amount found in a similar study two decades ago in Cardiff.

Then it was detected in just a fifth of the areas tested.

This included soil in public parks and playgrounds.

For the study in Madrid, Spain, experts tested 20 pairs of sandpits for kids and dogs.

Twenty-one out of the 40 came back positive for the presence of C. diff ­— full name Clostridium difficile.

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The study found more than double the superbugs found in a similar study two decades ago in Cardiff[/caption]

Prof José Blanco, of the Complutense University of Madrid, wrote in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health: “The soil of playgrounds is a reservoir of diverse parasites and infectious agents.

“Furthermore, free access of domestic and wild animals to recreational areas can increase the burden of microbiological contamination.”

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