Pools and Hot tubs – 1/3 of Waterborne disease outbreaks

Pools and Hot tubs – 1/3 of Waterborne disease outbreaks

 

 

Pools and hot tubs are areas where people can escape the summer heat, and have fun but it is also areas where many bacteria are developing.

 

According to the CDC report (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), between 2000 and 2014 493 outbreaks associated with treated recreational water caused at least 27,219 cases and eigth deaths.

 

Pools and Hot tubs caused 1/3 of waterborne disease outbreaks

 

 

 Which bacteria ?

 

The main bacteria is Cryptosporidium, which develops on humid areas and is a a chlorine-resistant parasite (58% of the contaminations)

Legionella, which develop also in aquatic environments and lead to Legionnaires’ disease (16% of the contamination)

Pseudomonas can grow on soil, water, plants and also humans.(13% of the contamination)

These bacteria are contracted by inhaling water droplets contaminated, or fountain, aerosols. There is no person to person contamination.

 

What to do ?

  • Choose pools where you are sure that the place is chlorinated.
  • Don’t swim if you are sick.
  • Go to the swimming pool or hot tubs in the morning and evening, when the pool is not too crowded.
  • If your immune system is weakened don’t swim because you are more susceptible to be contaminated.

 

 

SOURCE

CDC report

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