Health expert advises caution when swimming in public, inflatable pools

Swimming is one of the most effective ways to beat the summer heat. For many who live far from beaches and other natural bodies of water, they would opt to visit public swimming pools or just soak in inflatable pools.
Date Posted: May 12, 2016

Swimming is one of the most effective ways to beat the summer heat. For many who live far from beaches and other natural bodies of water, they would opt to visit public swimming pools or just soak in inflatable pools.

However, a health expert said swimming in public pools is also a common method of coming into contact with disease-causing microbes.

Dr. Rey Salinel, an infectious disease expert, cautioned the public that communal swimming pools and inflatable pools, could be nesting grounds for a number of bacteria such as E.coli, Salmonella, Shigella dysenteriae, cholera El Tor, and Giardia lamblia.

“You may develop sore eyes, stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhea, flu, and fungal infection from microbes that you get after swimming in these places,” Dr. Salinel said.

Dr. Salinel recommended that people who visit public pools or use inflatable pools should take showers before and after taking a dip.

“Wash using soap that has anti-bacterial properties to kill off these bacteria. Use it as often as possible to remain disease-free,” Dr. Salinel said.

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