Thousands Of Public Pools, Hot Tubs Closed For Health Violations

Posted: May 20 2016, 8:07am CDT | by , Updated: May 20 2016, 9:48am CDT, in Latest Science News


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Thousands of Public Pools, Hot Tubs Closed for Health Violations
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  • CDC Shuts Down Numerous Public Pools, Hot Tubs Due to Violations

CDC established that they had to close down a huge number of pools, hot tubs and other public water playgrounds due to serious health code violations.

Summers approach and 23rd May will be the unofficial start of summer marking the Memorial Day. A lot of people are going to head out in the sun and enjoy times with their families and one of the favourite past times is swimming.

With a range of swimming pools, hot tubs and water parks and playgrounds in play, the opportunity to swim seem abundant and mostly no one gives a second thought to pool sanitation and safety issues.

Last year, the disinfectant and chlorine poisoning and burn cases were the highest in July. Moreover a chlorine resistant E.coli also made its mark as it infected numerous people with feces in the pool. Thanks to all the people who think that they can actually pass feces in the pool, there were a lot of cases that cam forwards.

CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases led 84,187 routine inspections on 48,632 public pools, hot tubs, water playgrounds and other places in 2013 across Arizona, California, Florida, New York and Texas.

According to a report published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, almost 80 percent of the pools were filthy enough to warrant a health safety violation. They had to shut down one in eight pools, hot tub or other places due to safety violation and one in five kiddie pools were closed for similar reasons.

According to the report, the most common safety violations included improper pH at 15 percent, safety equipment at 13 percent, and disinfectant concentration at 12 percent. Beth Bell, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases noted that no one should get sick visiting a public pool, hot tub or any other place.

She added that this was the reason that public health and aquatics professionals work together to improve the operation and maintenance of these public places so people will be healthy and safe when they swim. CDC has issued guidelines for public to follow before venturing any swimming bodies nearby.

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