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Health officials report 287 of Mexico’s beaches tested for water quality passed

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Prior to the start of the summer vacation, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) reports only three beaches didn’t make the sanitary cut.

More than 2,000 samples of seawater from the main tourist destinations were analyzed by personnel from the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks.

Of the samples taken, only three beaches, all in the state of Guerrero, didn’t make the clean cut. According to Cofepris, 98.96 percent of the beaches throughout the country meet the guidelines of safety established by the World Health Organization (WHO), considering them suitable for recreational use.

This regulatory agency, in coordination with the state health authorities and the National Network of Public Health Laboratories, analyzed 2,098 seawater samples at 290 beaches in 75 tourist destinations in the 17 coastal states.

The analysis showed that 287 beaches are suitable for recreational use, while the Hornos, Suave and Manzanillo beaches in Acapulco, Guerrero, exceeded the established limits of 200 enterococci in 100 ml of water.

Cofepris also noted that for the first time since Easter of 2021, Playa Hermosa in Ensenada, Baja California, met levels considered suitable for recreational use. The agency said the results were achieved by joint efforts between federal, state and municipal authorities to recover the quality of the water.