Hotels are to blame for about 30% of all disease outbreaks in the United States associated with chlorinated or purified water, like that found in swimming pools and hot tubs, from 2000 to 2014, a new report released by the government indicates.
Another type of bacteria, Pseudomonas, which can cause folliculitis ("hot tub rash") and otitis externa ("swimmers' ear"), sickened almost 13% of those enjoying recreational waters.
People love to go in pools while staying at a hotel, but a new report suggests that these recreational areas might potentially pose a major health risk. Whether you have a pool in your yard or your neighborhood or if you plan to take a dip in a hotel pool, a word of caution.
According to the report, these infectious disease outbreaks resulted in eight deaths and 27,219 cases. In addition, eight deaths were attributed to the outbreaks as well.More news: Nokia X6 5.8-inch FHD+ notched smartphone announced
And in nearly a third of those outbreaks, the infections could be traced back to hotel pools, hot tubs and spas, the CDC says.
Hotel swimming pools were the leading setting for the incidents, accounting for 157 of the 493 recorded outbreaks.
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Outbreaks spiked during June, July and August, but they were observed all year long throughout the study period.More news: Lars Von Trier Film Finds Support in PETA Amid Backlash
What Is Causing The Outbreak In Hotel Pools?
Of the outbreaks with a confirmed cause, the vast majority - 94% - were due to pathogens, while the remaining outbreaks were caused by chemicals.
Of all the total number of outbreaks, 58% cases of illnesses took placed because of the Cryptosporidium parasite which causes gastrointestinal diseases. Diarrheal disease outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium leveled off during 2008 through 2014. Crypto is a parasite tough enough to survive even in properly maintained pools. If it gets into contact with a swimmer, or if a swimmer were to digest some of the contaminated water, then the parasite will keep spreading. The CDC recommends hyperchlorination of the water in the pool so that bacteria can be killed. "We always have a certified pool operator at the facility, so if your chlorine/pH levels go down, we have someone who can test and add the right chemicals for a balance gain", said Kayla Fauria, pool manager for The Park District of Oak Park. These supplies can be purchased at stores all across the United States.
And most importantly, don't let your babies into the water unless they're wearing swim diapers. Michele Hlavsa, chief of CDC's healthy swimming program stated that swallowing just a mouthful of crypto infected water can sicken the healthiest of kids and also adults and get symptoms like watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and nausea.More news: US FDA approves Amgen drug for prevention of migraines
Swimmers, too, have a responsibility not to spread germs into pool water, Siegel said. We are talking about preventing an illness by prescribing basic hygiene.