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The Dead Sea packs a double whammy for drowning swimmers--if they survive the effects of inhaling water, the high salt content in the water they swallow can kill them hours or days later. The Dead Sea has 36 times the concentration of calcium, 26 times the magnesium, 10 times the chloride and 9 times the potassium of the Mediterranean Sea. Drowning in such a buoyant body of water is "almost impossible," note Israeli researchers from Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem in the January ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE.

But of eight people they examined who nearly managed it, all had abnormally high levels of dissolved salts in their blood, and one died as a result. The researchers suggest that people who nearly drown in very salty water be checked for salt absorption and treated if necessary with diuretics, stomach washes or dialysis.
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Title Annotation:high salt content in water swallowed can be fatal
Publication:Science News
Date:Mar 9, 1985
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