Monthly Archives: August 2011

Escherichia coli found in the sea water of Popski Beach in Tsarevo

The Regional Health Inspection Authority of Burgas found Escherichia coli bacteria in the sea water near the Popski Beach in Tsarevo. The probes were taken two times in July 2011 and two times in August 2011.

Escherichia coli bacteria

Escherichia coli bacteria. Credit: Janice Haney, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Escherichia coli concentration on 11th July 2011 was 539 cfu in100 ml of water. On 25th July the concentration was 574 cfu in 100 ml of water. On 8th August 2011 there were 24000 coliforms in 100 ml of water, with fecal coliforms 2100 per 100 ml of water, Escherichia coli concentration was 524 cfu per 100 ml of water, and the intestinal enterococci concentration was 467 cfu per 100 ml of water. On 11th August 2011 the intestinal enterococci concentration was 347 cfu in 100 ml of water.

The Regional Health Inspection Authority informed the Reginal Inspection for the Environment and the Waters, the Basin Direction for the Black Sea Region , as well as the District Governor for the Burgas district. It is expected that the beach will be closed in order to prevent the tourists and the local people from getting infections.

According to investigations made in 2010, the pollution comes from the Popska river, which is used as an outlet of the waste water treating plant of the town of Tsarevo, which does not work well in the summer season due to heavy load.

Escherichia coli is a bacterium normally found in the intestinal tract of the humans as non-pathogenic strain. There are pathogenic strains of Escherichia coli which cause many gastroenterological diseases, meningitis and others.  Infections with enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli were reported recently in Germany.

It is a common problem for the tourists on the Bulgarian Black Sea beach to get intestinal infections. Luckily the infections do not take more than 1-3 days, without complications, in most of the cases.

Note: CFU or cfu, the Colony-Forming Unit, is a measure of the concentration of bacteria. The bacteria are counted indirectly, by the number of colonies they form in an appropriate environment by binary fission.

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Balconing? Playful? Think Again

What is balconong? It jumping to a pool or to the sea directly from a hotel room, a balcony or from the stairs. My first thought were that it is a cool idea. Then I came upon an article which said that a man from Poland fell off the fourth  floor a house in Obzor. He eventually died on the scene. Another 17 year-old English boy fell off the 4th floor of his hotel in Sunny Beach and also died.  They had both drunken enough alcohol to become irrelevant to the situation in which they were.

In another article I read an 18 year-old German tourist fell off the 6-th floor of his hotel in Golden Sands resort. The German was alive when taken to the hospital, but with heavy injuries of his chest, head and limbs. Friends of the young man think the person was very drunk, as they were drunk too and they don’t remember how the accident happened.

Did they try balconing? I sought the term balconing in a search engine. I came upon some videos which were interesting. Other videos were a bit worrying. One wrong step and the person who was doing the balconing would fall on the cement floor from 3, 5 or 10 meters height.

Then I came upon the most distressful video I have ever seen. A person tried to throw himself off a railing into the sea which was 10 to 15 meters below. Everything was going nice, but the person hit his head into the cement cement bank. There were some minutes from the hospital. His upper and down jaws were split into 2 and from the gapping hole his tongue was moving. It was disturbing, distressful and disgusting.

I felt sorry that there are such persons who want to play but they do not assess the circumstances and the environment. They cause bitter sorrow to their friends and relatives. There are people who play with cars on the public roads, causing injuries and death not only to their selves, but to the innocent people they encounter. These persons spend a lot of public funds to provide relief for the results of their actions, these persons cause death. Ant they get minimal sentences as the court thinks they had no intent.

How can a person have a license to drive a car, and to have no intent of killing anybody when doing dangerous driving? Does the human life have less value because somebody wanted to play with it?

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What do Ikea and Sunny Beach have in common?

In the home page of this web site, I stated that the facts of having many people gathered together and the existence of nice night bars where the alcohol is cheap and many people who want to party bring a lot of young people from Europe to spend their summer holidays in Bulgaria. Recently I came upon an commercial which supports this opinion. Just watch:
Would you let your kids go to Bulgaria alone?

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