CDC: Poop Prevalent In Public Pools

A recent report by the CDC revealed that poop is extremely prevalent in public pools.

The Centers for Disease Control conducted a test of indoor and outdoor pools during the summer of 2012. The data tells a very dirty tale: 58 percent of the tested locations came back positive for E. coli. This bacteria is commonly found in human waste.

How does this much poop find its way into public pools? The CDC theorizes that feces finds its way into the water from people who have not properly cleaned themselves before going for a swim. The tests show that people “frequently” introduce fecal matter into public pools.

No matter how much you wipe after using the bathroom, the average person has approximately 0.14 grams of feces in their perianal area. This can ultimately find its way into the water while swimming. The CDC suggests grabbing a shower if you plan to pay a visit to a public pool this summer.

However, some of the poop is introduced by people who defecate in the pools. Officials believe that parents should give their kids a bathroom break every 30 minutes. Diapers, which should be checked every 30 to 60 minutes, are to be changed in designated areas.

Michele Hlavsa, chief of the Healthy Swimming Program for the CDC, offered up some common sense tips for adults as well. Sine chlorine doesn’t kill germs instantly, swimmers should definitely shower before taking a dip. Hlavsa also advised those suffering from diarrhea to steer clear of public pools.

As scary as this may sound, other countries are also struggling to control the level of urine and feces that are introduced into public pools. According to Rocket News 24, taking a swim in Chinese public pools could be extremely hazardous to your health.

In 2008, one man died and approximately 3,000 were poisoned when they swallowed water containing high volumes of human waste. China’s Health Ministry revealed in 2011 that roughly 10 percent of its public pools contained extremely unsafe levels of urine. Judging from the pictures at Amusing Planet, overcrowding may play a hand in the contamination.

What do you think about the CDC report detailing the amount of poop in public pools?

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