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Old 08-23-2007, 04:28 PM   #1
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Recreational water illnesses

I just assumed pools were safe with all the chlorine, but it turns out that there are still a lot of microbes lurking around and which can cause diarrhea, earaches, skin problems, and other problems:

Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs) - Part 1

The solution (short of avoiding pools) obviously is not to swallow any pool water.

But the incidence of recreational water illnesses really seems too low to worry about, even though the say that only 10% of them are reported and the number is growing. Did anyone ever have anything that was diagnosed as or thought to be RWI? In the scheme of things, it's not worth worrying about, right? Driving in Atlanta traffic probably is much more risky!
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:10 AM   #2
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I have been involved in swimming my whole life. Teenage lifeguard, water safety instructor, Master's competition, meet official, adult lap swimmer. I have never had any illness that I can pinpoint as being caused by poor water quality. I use ear drops (helps evaporated water still in ear canals) after every swim and never had swimmer's ear. I often get water in my mouth and just try to avoid swallowing any. I have swum in every kind of pool, lake, ocean, etc. Some of the pools were pretty scuzzy looking but I haven't had any bad reactions.

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Sometimes knowing too much is hazardous to your peace of mind. I'm glad I never took a microbiology course in college. I've been in all kinds of water, 160' deep in a rock quarry, oceans all over, reservoirs of all sizes, and pools from very public to completely private. I probably had ear problems I can't remember, but I'm still here. Swim on.
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But the incidence of recreational water illnesses really seems too low to worry about, even though the say that only 10% of them are reported and the number is growing. Did anyone ever have anything that was diagnosed as or thought to be RWI? In the scheme of things, it's not worth worrying about, right? Driving in Atlanta traffic probably is much more risky!
RWI occur and are pinpointed every year in many communities. Drowning is of course a greater concern, but I personally had to stop swiming at a lake nearby because I kept getting ear infections (otitis media). Never had an ear infection prior to this in my lfe; and never had another once I stopped swimming there. A big source of contamination is the ducks that swim around and runoff from Canada Geese.

Several years ago Greenlake, a popular local swimming hole was closed becasue a bunch of swimmers got GI malades that keyed to bacteria at the GL beach.

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Old 08-24-2007, 10:43 PM   #5
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If we were able to see the billions of bacteria living on one square inch of our forearm, we'd probably crawl into bed and hide. How many more ways will they discover to try to scare people to death. Live at 11.....what's lurking in your swimming pool!!!!!!

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