The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a report which will make you think twice before you think of swimming in hotel pools and in hot bath tubs.
As per the report, published on May 18 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), details that that going for a dip in the swimming pool or baths tubs of a hotel can expose you to a germ known as Cryptosporidium which is resistant even to the chlorine disinfectant.
CDC said that from the year 2000 to 2014, health officials had reported about 493 disease outbreaks associated to man-made water bodies like hotel swimming pools, water playgrounds, spas and bath tubs, which resulted in over 27,000 people falling sick and death of eight people.
And almost a third cases from the total outbreak was happened in hotels that includes motels, inns and lodges.
Of all the total number of outbreaks, 58% cases of illnesses took placed because of the Cryptosporidium parasite which causes gastrointestinal diseases. As the parasite is resistant to chlorine disinfection, it is now known to be a leading cause of waterborne disease in the US.
Apart from this, 12% cases occurred due to Pseudomonas, which can result in conditions such as ‘swimmers’ ear’ and ‘hot tub rush’. Moreover, 16% cases and six people of eight died due to the parasite Legionella which can result in severe pneumonia or mild illness having symptoms similar to flu.
CDC cited, “Don’t swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea,” recommending the swimmers having diarrhea to stay away from public pools for at least 15 days.
So how can you stay safe from these pathogens when swimming? Well, the advice to this is pretty simple:
- No matter which you are in, avoid drinking the water you are swimming in.
- Another precaution you can take is to inspect that the pool or the bath tub has proper free pH and chlorine level by taking the help of strips which are available easily at hardware or pool supply stores.
- Experts also suggest that you should be able to see the bottom floor of the pool or bath tub clearly, otherwise the water is not that clean for you to take a dip.
- Lack of shower facilities, water which is discoloured, lack of proper water circulation facilities and strong smells are some other important signs to look for.