In news that may make you wary of going back to the local swimming baths, pools and hot tubs can actually give you diarrhoea.
A new report says that outbreaks of illness in pools, hot tubs and lakes throughout the U.S have been increasing in recent years because of a parasite called ‘Cryptosporidium’.
The parasite leads to diarrhoea and vomiting, and can survive for ten days or more even in water that’s heavily chlorinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S documented 90 illness outbreaks reported in 32 states and Puerto Rico for the years 2011 to 2012.
The issue affected nearly 1,800 people – 95 of which were taken to hospital.
Michele Hlavsa, lead author of the report, told CBS News:
This parasite is extremely chlorine-resistant. Swimmers bring it into the water when they are sick with diarrhea.
Basically, the CDC says, don’t poo in the pool and don’t swallow the water. Thanks for the advice, guys!
Lovely. We’ll just be cancelling our gym memberships now then…