Parasites and bacteria may be lurking in hotel pools, hot tubs, CDC warns – CNN
Updated 1:02 PM ET, Thu May 17, 2018CDC warns of swimming pool parasite (2015) 493 disease outbreaks linked to treated recreational water were reported in the US over 15 years. These outbreaks caused at least 27,219 illnesses and eight deaths(CNN)Hotels set the stage for nearly a third of all disease outbreaks in the United States linked to chlorinated or treated water — such as pools and hot tubs — between 2000 and 2014, according to a new government report. During that 15-year period, a total of 493 outbreaks linked to treated recreational water were reported in 46 states and Puerto Rico, the report indicates. The report defines an outbreak as similar illnesses occurring in two or more people that are linked by location and time to a particular body of treated water. Pool party poopers: CDC warns of parasitic infection, toxic gasAll told, these outbreaks caused at least 27,219 illnesses and eight deaths, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Thursday Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The culprits: parasites and bacteria. More than half (58%) of the outbreaks with a confirmed source were caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium, commonly called Crypto, which can survive even in well-maintained pools and can give swimmers gastrointestinal illness and diarrhea. READ MORE….