to be so blatant, but this is about "poop in the pool"...
Two growing health concerns in swimming pools & spas are Giardia (Giardiasis) & Cryptosporidium.
Both of these recreational water diseases (WRD) are causing much concern in public health departments around the country and in various parts of the world.
Consumers who are seeking clean, "healthy" water to swim in, either in their own backyard swimming pool or in a properly maintained public or semi-public swimming pool (clubs, schools, etc), are educating themselves to these concerns as well. They want to be better assured of "safe" treated water.
The most common symptoms to both Giardia & Cryptosporidium are:
Anyone can be at risk of contracting either of
these diseases which are parasitical in nature by accidentally swallowing water
that has been contaminated through accidental fecal (bowel movements, poo, poop
- sorry, had to make this understandable to everyone) contamination.
accidents have caused certain municipalities around the country to prohibit
children under the age of 5 years from using public swimming pools and/or water
parks (basically targeting non potty trained children). Fecal
contamination can also come from "uninvited" animals that may enter the pool
or even bird "fly-overs".
The average person has about a pinky nail sized
piece of fecal matter on their bodies a good percentage of the day.
For that reason alone, it is a very good idea
to shower before going into a swimming pool.
Giardia & Crypto can live in human & animal
intestines for periods of time, sometimes without manifesting any symptoms.
Incubation time is typically 1 - 2 weeks. If you suspect infection, only a
medical test (stool sample) performed by your doctor can verify this disease.
Giardia & Crypto are both parasites which have
"shells". These shells prevent normal treating by chlorine. Both are
highly resistant to even very high levels of chlorine (i.e. - crypto can
only be "killed" by exposure to chlorine at a level of greater than 20 ppm for
longer than 24 hours continuously).
Some municipalities & states are recommending
the use of
Ultra Violet devices which, when
used properly, can "sterilize" these parasites and render them unable to
Ultra Violet DOES NOT KILL the bacteria.
For more detailed information on either of
these 2 recreational water illnesses, visit the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
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