Swimming Pools Are A Lot Grosser Than You Thought

Summer’s just around the corner, and two new reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are going to put a damper on doing a cannonball into a swimming pool. First, the agency notes reported cases of Cryptosporidium infection, also known as Crypto, have tripled in the United States since 2004. Crypto is the most common cause of diarrhea linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds, according to the CDC, and it spreads when people swallow something that has come into contact with the feces of a sick person. To combat this, experts stress we should not swim when we have diarrhea, nor allow our children to swim if they have diarrhea, and to always rinse off in a shower before going into a pool. Another finding: toxic chlorine gas releases at swimming pools can make people sick– causing vomiting, coughing, eye irritation and respiratory distress. The report determined following state and local regulations may prevent this issue. (Time