Here’s why you might want to think twice before swimming, according to a new CDC report
Before you dive into your backyard pool or take a dip in that hotel hot tub, be warned.
A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report warns that some dangerous bacteria can survive even in chlorinated and maintained pools.
The data was gathered between 2000 and 2014 and attributed close to 500 disease outbreaks to bacteria found in treated recreational water, including pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds. These outbreaks led to nearly 30,000 illnesses and eight deaths. Researchers determined the most outbreaks occurred in the summer months in hot tubs and hotel pools.
More than half of the outbreaks were caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium, which typically leads to gastrointestinal illness (including diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting).
- Don’t swim if you have diarrhea
- Check the inspection scores to ensure the water park or facility is treating and testing water
- Don’t swallow the water
- Avoid swimming with a skin infection or an open wound skin due to the risk of it being infected
About the Author
Holly Brenza, health enews contributor, is a public affairs manager at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, Holly enjoys reading, watching the White Sox and Blackhawks and playing with her dog, Bear and cats, Demi and Elle.