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Environmental and Health Risk by the Presence of Parasites in the Sand of Cartagena Beaches

  • Ganiveth Manjarrez-PabaEmail author
  • Jorge Iván Blanco Herrera
  • Betsy Paola González Arrunategui
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Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 24)

Abstract

This study was carried out with the purpose of determining the presence of parasites of health interest in the sands of three beaches in Cartagena, Colombia, Bocagrande beach, Boquilla beach and Punta Arena beach. Monthly monitoring sessions were conducted between May 2015 and June 2016. The found parasites were characterized using the Sloss technique, and the beaches were classified according to the pollution level, according to proposal. As main results, a high presence of parasites was obtain in November 2015, being Punta Arena the beach with the highest presence of parasites. Three parasites genders were identified: Ancylostoma sp., Strongyloides sp., Taxocara sp. These results go together with a proposal for the mitigation, minimization and control of these health interest parasites, keeping into account the beaches’ characteristics.

Keywords

Beach Environment Sand Parasites 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ganiveth Manjarrez-Paba
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jorge Iván Blanco Herrera
    • 1
  • Betsy Paola González Arrunategui
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de IngenieríasFundación Universitaria Tecnológico Comfenalco CartagenaCartagena de IndiasColombia
  2. 2.Fundación Universitaria Tecnológico Comfenalco, Programa de Ingeniería AmbientalGrupo de Investigación Ambiental GIACartagena de IndiasColombia

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