The first beach resort in the country of Laos has banned all beach towels and sandals after the discovery of hundreds of microorganisms and mold in the water.
The authorities are hoping to get rid of the bugs by washing them off with a disinfectant and disinfecting their soil with chlorine.
It was reported that the water had not been thoroughly tested.
A number of other resorts have also banned all types of beachwear including beach umbrellas, sandals and shoes.
Lao authorities said the beaches at the island of Thonburi and the town of Thangkou were the worst affected.
According to Thongkhe Thongmeth, a local resident, many people who live in the villages have been staying at the resort.
“I know many people have already left because of the pollution, especially since we have been drinking from the lakes.
There are also many villagers who are now staying at these beaches,” he said.
Mr Thongmeeth said locals who live near the resort had already started washing their clothes.
Authorities also said they had identified a number of water bodies that had been polluted by the microorganisms.
They said there were also several cases of water borne disease in the area, and one case of gastroenteritis, which is caused by waterborne parasites.
Police said they were still investigating the cause of the contamination.
While officials say the issue is serious, some locals say the problem is far from over.
People at Thongmuang Beach Resort told local media that they were shocked and disappointed by the news.
But the resort is also hopeful that it can get rid a few more bugs from the beaches by cleaning up the water with disinfectants and disinfectizing the soil with chlorination. (AP)