Friday 31 July 2015

Swimming Pools Can Give You Diarrhea

More shocking news in the world of swimming pools: They can give you diarrhea.
Only last week we learnt that red, stinging eyes is caused by sweat and urine – not chlorine. And now cases of illness outbreaks in pools is increasing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US documented 90 illness outbreaks reported in 32 states and Puerto Rico for the years 2011 to 2012.

This affected nearly 1,800 people – 95 of which were taken to hospital.
Cryptosporidium is the parasite causing all these problems. It leads to diarrhea, and vomiting.

It can survive for ten days or more even in water that’s heavily chlorinated.
Michele Hlavsa, lead author of the report, told CBS News: ‘This parasite is extremely chlorine-resistant.

‘Swimmers bring it into the water when they are sick with diarrhea.’
Basically just don’t ever swim.
The CDC has issued guidelines on how to swim safely – they include not pooing in the water which is, you know, fairly obviously.

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