In a recently published report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends pool-goers not to swim with diarrhea, as the swimming pool infections have seen a surge in recent years.
The report shows that between 2000 and 2014, there were nearly 500 infectious disease outbreaks in 46 U.S. states. Around 27,000 people got sick and eight died. Researchers found that 363 of the outbreaks were caused by Cryptosporidium, a microbe which leads to diarrhea. The next culprit was Legionella.
Nearly 90% of the infected people tested positive for Cryptosporidium. Also, 32% of the 2000-2004 outbreaks started in a swimming pool or hot tub at a hotel, inn, motel, or lodge.
Authorities warn that you can get very sick while using a hotel swimming pool even when the water has been treated. Fortunately, there are some ways of staying safe.
CDC recommends avoiding discolored water. So, stay away from any body of water that resembles milk chocolate or has a greenish or reddish tint. Also, don’t swim in a pool that looks unclear or cloudy. It is critical to see the bottom of the swimming pool.
Also, ensure that the water in a hot tub or swimming pool has proper circulation. A sign that the filter is working properly is the strong jet streams in some parts of the pool. Ensure that vegetation and objects, including your body parts, are not blocking the filter.
Ensure that you don’t swallow any pool water no matter how clean it looks. If you feel thirsty get bottled water instead.
Check that the inspection code of the swimming pool is up-to-date. If the pool was last inspected decades ago, you should go swim someplace else.
In addition, ensure that no contaminators are using the swimming pool. For instance, pets and toddlers that cannot hold poop or pee are a big red flag.
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