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Study: There's Stool In The Pool
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 17, 2013 @ 6:50PM
Created on May 17, 2013 @ 6:08PM
Friday was definitely designed for taking a dip in the pool.
Now a new report released this week warns swimmer beware. That's because the study done by officials with Center for Disease Control advises if you decide to cool off in the local pool make sure you're not diving into a steaming pile of poop.
Researchers studied more than 100 pools in Atlanta, Georgia and found that more than half of them tested positive for E. coli, bacteria normally found in human feces.
Officials said it's not a stretch to believe that the same thing is also taking place in the Mountain State.
The study claims that it's the swimmers fault there's stool in the pool. That's because research has shown that the average person has 0.14 grams of fecal material on them and they fail to wash it off with a shower.
The other way it got into was from folks who had an "incident" in the pool.
If there's a silver lining in the report, researchers never found one of the most dangerous strains of E. coli.
Despite that Kimberly Taylor, a Buckhannon resident, told 5 News hearing that is making her think twice about taking her two kids to the pool.
"I will just avoid them all together," she said.
Taylor said if she does her kids will definitely be taking showers after getting out of the pool.
"That way they don't get any diseases," she said.
Health officials urge if you're going to take your kids to the local pool you follow the following tips:
  • Don't swim while suffering from diarrhea.
  • Don't swallow pool water.
  • Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming, and wash hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
  • Take children to the restroom or check diapers often.
  • Change diapers in a restroom or a diaper-changing area, not beside of the pool. Wash children thoroughly with soap and water before swimming.

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