October 1, 2016

Prevent Recreational Water Illnesses this Summer

The Minnesota Department of Health is warning people to take steps to prevent illnesses caused by recreational water this summer. People swimming in contaminated water can and have become ill from  Cryptosporidium, E. coli O157:H7, norovirus, Shigella, and Giardia. When people are sick with a diarrheal illness, just a tiny speck of feces can contain millions of germs and contaminate a pool. Chlorine unfortunately is not a foolproof method of killing these parasites and bacteria. Last year, there were a record number of 11 recreational waterborne outbreaks in Minnesota, resulting in almost 200 documented illnesses. All but 1 of those outbreaks occurred in treated water. In addition, there were two outbreaks linked to splash pads for the first time last year. Even though there is no … [Read more...]

Poop in Pools

A CDC study released last week found that feces are often introduced into public pool waters by swimmers. Scientists found E. coli bacteria in samples of pool filter water collected from public pools around the country. The study is presented in recognition of recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week, May 20-26, 2013. The goal of this week is to raise awareness about healthy swimming. The study found that "58% of the pool water samples tested were positive for E. coli, bacteria normally found in the human gut and feces. The E. coli is a marker for fecal contamination." This happens because swimmers have a "fecal incident" in the water or they don't shower before getting into the pool. On the plus side, none of the samples tested positive for E. coli O157:H7, the most … [Read more...]

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