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17 May 2013

Public pools contaminated with human waste

Up to 50% of pool filters that were tested in a study contained E-coli bacteria found in human faeces.

There are few things more inviting than a cool, clear pool on a hot summer day. But a new federal report will have you thinking twice before dipping a toe in the water.

And while the study only focused on pools in the Atlanta region, the researchers said it's likely that faecal contamination from swimmers is a problem in public pools throughout the country. The study did not look at water parks, residential pools or other types of recreational water.

  • Don't swim if you have diarrhoea.
  • Shower with soap before swimming.
  • Take a rinse shower before getting back in the water.
  • Go to the bathroom every 60 minutes.
  • Wash your hands with soap after using the toilet or changing diapers.
  • Don't swallow the water you swim in.

  • Take children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes or check diapers every 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Change diapers in the bathroom or diaper-changing area and not at poolside where germs can rinse into the water.

For more on healthy swimming visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 
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