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Fecal matter found in 60 percent of public pool filters

Fecal matter found in 60 percent of public pool filters
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Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 5:51pm

Before you look to cool down by getting in the pool beware, a new study shows more than half of public pools have fecal matter in the water.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 60 percent of water samples taken from public pool filters tested positive for E. coli, a bacteria usually found in feces.

More than half of the samples also contained bacteria that cause rash and ear infections. They said chlorine doesn't kill germs instantly and it is important for people to not swallow the water they swim in.

The researchers said parents should check their child's diaper every thirty to sixty minutes, and not change their diaper poolside.

The study did not look at water parks or residential pools.
   

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