CDC: Fecal bacteria common in swimming pools - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

CDC: Fecal bacteria common in swimming pools

By MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials say they found fecal bacteria in more than half of the water samples taken from Atlanta-area public swimming pools last summer.

Investigators found the gut bacteria in 58% of the samples taken from about 150 pools in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. They were gathered from municipal pools or pools at waterparks, apartment complexes and clubs.

Municipal pools - where young children in diapers are common - were worst, with 70% of samples tainted.

No illness outbreaks were tied to the pools.

Proper chlorine and pH levels should kill bacteria. But health officials advise people to shower before the pool, and not swim if they have diarrhea.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study Thursday.

 

Online:

CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More Health NewsMore>>

  • Easy fixes for anxiety

    Easy fixes for anxiety

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:14:02 GMT

    The FOX Medical Team's Beth Galvin shows us new tactics doctors are trying, to help patients tackle anxiety.

    The FOX Medical Team's Beth Galvin shows us new tactics doctors are trying, to help patients tackle anxiety.


  • FOX Medical Team: Struggling to breathe

    FOX Medical Team: Struggling to breathe

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:06:30 GMT
    Nikita Terry is a regular at Grady Memorial Hospital. Leaning against a portable oxygen tank, she takes everywhere.
    Nikita Terry is a regular at Grady Memorial Hospital. Leaning against a portable oxygen tank, she takes everywhere.
  • Educators test system that allows non-verbal autistic student to 'talk'

    Educators test system that allows non-verbal autistic student to 'talk'

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:05:02 GMT
    An autistic boy who has never been able to talk can now speak his mind by typing. The FOX Medical Team's Beth Galvin shows us why his school system is now putting this method to the test.
    An autistic boy who has never been able to talk can now speak his mind by typing. The FOX Medical Team's Beth Galvin shows us why his school system is now putting this method to the test.
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices