70 just logged the first Ocean Illness Report by a user I don’t personally know. When I recieved notification of the report awaiting moderation and saw the illness listed as Typhoid Fever, I stopped reading and almost denied it on the spot. Typhoid isn’t listed as an illness caused by polluted water in any of the research I’ve done. I did a quick google search, which seemed to suggest it is only contracted through food and drink. Again, I almost denied the report as I am very concerned about the possible reporting of illnesses not related to polluted ocean water. Then, on this page of Cornell University’s site I found this sentence:
Typhoid fever is spread by consuming food or beverages that have been handled by a person who is shedding S. Typhi, or if sewage contaminated with S. Typhi bacteria gets into water used for drinking or washing food.
How much sea water do you swallow in a given session?
I went back to the illness report and read a little further. In the field labled, “Did anyone else get sick at this spot?”, was the answer:
“To my knowledge all of the gringo surfers that live in Sayulita and surf Sayulita on a regular basis, have had Typhoid Fever or currently have some kind of Typhoid count.”