CDC warns of disease-causing bacteria in public pools
SAN ANTONIO (WOAI/KABB) - Summer is here and for most it's time to jump in the pool. You might want to think again.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a warning about disease-causing bacteria in public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds.
In a new report, the CDC says nearly 500 disease outbreaks are associated with treated recreational water, which led to over 27,000 cases of illness and eight deaths from 2000 to 2014.
At least six of the eight reported deaths occurred in persons affected by outbreaks caused by Legionella or Legionnaires' disease.
Many of the illnesses were linked to hotel pools.
The report's key message to the public, particularly parents of young bathers, is “Don’t swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea.” It also urges the public to check the inspection scores of public treated recreational water venues and conduct their own mini-inspection before getting into the water.
And...don't drink the water.