Avoid Infection by Bacteria Lurking In Swimming Pools & Beaches This Summer.
A day spent at the pool or at the beach is what most people look forward to as summer approaches. Sadly, families’ health could either sink or swim depending on which recreational sport they decide to dip their bodies in. Unfortunately, bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause sickness are sometimes found in the recreational water.
Amongst other recreational places are the primary place one comes into contact with contaminated water which may result in life threatening illnesses. Shockingly, hot tubs, lakes and rivers may be the cause for illnesses such as gastrointestinal, skin, ear and eye infections among many. Runoffs from farm fields due to heavy rains are predicted to be the reason for lake and river water contamination.
Epidemiologists advise that the safest places to swim are municipal and private pools because they are most likely being monitored for chlorine content. However, that doesn’t erase them from the list of possible sources for the water related illnesses because even pools can pose a great risk as some pathogens such as cryptosporidium can live for days in properly chlorinated water.
Water- related health issues commonly associated with pools that one must look out for are gastrointestinal illness and skin rash. These illnesses sometimes manifest as a result of many people swimming and playing in a pool for example; water parks, as the water is most likely recirculates and loses chlorine residual quickly.
Hot tubs are said to pose the greatest risk because the water is warm and stagnant and this invites heavy contamination by bacteria, viruses and fungi. Ways of minimising chances of contamination is draining, cleaning the tub regularly and properly amongst other things.
- People with diarrhoea should not use recreational water facilities, pools or hot tubs.
- Use soap and tap water to shower before and after going into a pool or recreational water facilities.
- Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and tap water after using the toilet, before re- entering the water.
- Do not swallow the water.
- Avoid swimming in warm, stagnant water or using poorly maintained hot tubes or pools.