No, that’s not a Baby Ruth. According to the CDC, poop in pools is far more common than you may think.
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention said that more than half of public pools may have some fecal mater in them.
The new report found that that 58% of public pools contained Escherichia coli, a bacteria that is found in the human digestive system. The CDC said that the presence of E. coli was a good indicator that there was poop in the pool.
The study was conducted at more than 160 pools int he Atlanta area and researchers emphasized that the results did not indicate that public pools across the country had the same amount of fecal matter in them. They did, however, say that recreational water illness has been rising in the United States.
The CDC writes: “Swimmers frequently introduce fecal material and pathogens into recreational water throughout the country.”
Live Science notes that average person has about .14 grams of fecal material on them during a normal day and that it can easily wash off in the pool if a person does not shower before swimming. The CDC urged people around the country to practice good hygiene before swimming in a public pool.
The report reads: “Swimmers have the power and responsibility to decrease the risk for RWIs by practicing good hygiene.”
The CDC also suggested that parents should check diapers every 30 to 60 minutes and make sure that children take bathroom breaks.