Swimming Pool Diseases & Infections



    Swimming through an alarmingly warm patch of water instantly turns a swimmer into a detective. Suspicion arrises as to who wasn't quick enough to get out of the pool and use the bathroom. Was it the rowdy children? The rebellious teenagers? Or could it have been one of the adults?

    Everyone pees. According to one study, one in five Americans have peed in the swimming pool! Even Olympic swimmers, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, have admitted to doing so.
    A diversity of diarrheal diseases and other infections such as skin, ear, and respiratory infections have been connected to swimming.
    Many outbreaks go ignored because people do not think the pool water as a possible source of illness.
    Chemicals called sanitizers are added to pool water to shield swimmers against disease and infection.
    Using rubber pants, swim pants, or swim diapers has been recommended as a way to reduce fecal contamination of recreational water by infants and toddlers.
    The most frequently reported illness are caused by germs such as Cryptosporidium (crypto), Giardia, E. coli O157:H7 (E. coli), and Shigella. Some of these outbreaks may affect thousands of swimmers.

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