Dirty swimming pools can cause serious stomach ailments, experts say
In the summer, families flock to swimming pools and water parks for recreation, but keep in mind that recreation can also lead to medical problems if the pool water is contaminated.
In June 2021, several children became seriously ill with two types of bacteria, E. coli and C. defficile, after going to the swimming pool.
“These two bacteria can infect people of all ages, but they can cause serious gastrointestinal problems, especially in children,” said Molly Ness, an infectious disease researcher at the US Department of Health in Pennsylvania.
He said that the children who tested positive for E. coli also tested positive for C-DFC and these children got sick after swallowing the water of the swimming pool.
The researchers also said that these bacteria usually enter the water when a person with diarrhea is swimming, but the bacteria can also enter the water through other sources of contamination, including local water.
Of the 15 children who fell ill, 13 needed medical attention and 6 were hospitalized with severe diarrhea and inflammation of the colon, but fortunately no one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome which causes kidney failure. Can become