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CDC: Fecal bacteria common in swimming pools

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Going swimming is a rite of spring and summer for many people.
  
"It is the best part of our summer, I have three little boys so it's what we do for the entire summer," said Liza Reed, an Atlanta parent.

But before going to a pool, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging people to look at the results of a recently completed study on public pools. According to the CDC, 58 percent of the pool filter sampled tested positive for E. coli, which is normally found in the human gut and in feces. It also found that 59 percent tested positive for pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause skin rashes and ear infections. Some parents said the results are a wake-up call.
 
"There have been some times when we were at the pool and something unfortunate has happened and we have had to leave. But thinking of it being there other times we don't know about is disturbing," said Liza Reed, a concerned parent. 

The CDC recommends taking a shower with soap before getting in the pool. Never swim when you are sick with diarrhea and take bathroom breaks every 60 minutes. Parents should check diapers every 30 to 60 minutes and change diapers in a bathroom or diaper-changing area as opposed to poolside where germs can rinse into the water. Always wash your hands with soap after using the toilet or changing diapers, don't swallow water when you swim and always rinse off before getting back in the pool.

Online: CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr

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