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CDC Warns that E. Coli Thrives in Swimming Pools

Updated on May 16, 2013
These kids are smart-they are wearing goggles!
These kids are smart-they are wearing goggles!

In a new study from CDC, the Center for Disease Control, the government's watchdog, it was found that on any given day there is a 58% chance you are swimming in contaminated water. Whether at a club or public pool, despite the use of Chlorine, E. Coli is present.

So, as you water fights, dive and swim this summer, be aware that you just might be lucky enough to get sick from it, maybe get an infection in that tiny little cut you had. Yes, fecal bacteria is still there despite efforts in cleaning and filtering the pool. Tests showed that in 58% of them, fecal bacteria was found.

The tests showed that indoor and outdoor had E. coli bacteria,but outdoor pools were much worse more often. Municipal public pools are the WORSE violators, so try to avoid them. try to avoid pools that have little kids for a safer swim. Pools for babies or those who cannot swim should be avoided.

In 1998, in Atlanta, GA., 26 people were sick from swimming pool bacteria and one died. Waterparks are NO better, if not worse. The amount of people in them is destined to make the E. coli count higher than health levels because fecal bacteria is easily introduced and the filtering system can only do so much.

The CDC only real recommendations for millions of Americans besides those already noted is, if you have diarrhea, do not go swimming. Do not allow your non-potty trained kids to go swimming. The safest pools are those in the backyard with only potty trained people going in them and not having diarrhea.

Besides infections in open cuts or the eyes, ingesting pool water is simply gross, but do it if you want some gastrointestinal infections!


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