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Hotel Pools to Blame for a Third of Swimming-Related Illnesses: CDC

Hotel Pools to Blame for a Third of Swimming-Related Illnesses: CDC
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By    |   Thursday, 17 May 2018 06:15 PM

Hotel pools and hot tubs are responsible for one-third of all disease outbreaks that start in treated water, according to a report from the CDC. 

The two main culprits of outbreaks were Cryptosporidium and Pseudomonas, which can cause diarrhea and even Legionnaire’s disease, CNN reported. The bacteria are often resistant to chlorine used to disinfect the pool water and keep it safe.

The CDC report found 493 outbreaks were linked to recreational water between 2010 and 2014 in 46 states and Puerto Rico. The outbreaks caused 27,219 illnesses and eight deaths, the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality report stated.

Most of the illnesses are contracted by drinking the contaminated water, usually accidentally, CNN stated. Parents should caution children not to drink pool or hot tub water and can also check a pool’s inspection scores, which are supposed to be posted online or near the swimming pool facility. 

Pool supply stores also sell testing strips to test the chlorine and pH levels of the water, which could tell whether it is safe for swimming. Keeping your child out of public pools when having diarrhea or otherwise being ill is also a good idea, CNN suggested. 

“Any child or adult having diarrhea should simply not be in a pool, hot tub or water playground,” Lenox Hill Hospital emergency physician Dr. Robert Glatter said, CNN reported.

If you or your child gets sick after swimming in a public pool, it will probably pass without treatment. In some cases, those with weak immune systems may need medication to get rid of the infection, CNN noted.   

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Hotel pools and hot tubs are responsible for one-third of all disease outbreaks that start in treated water, according to a report from the CDC.
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