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The Healthy Swimming Newsroom is designed to provide users with open access to news articles relevant to healthy swimming and recreational water topics. This page is intended for use by journalists, the media, public health professionals, and the general public.

2016

Athletic Business Magazine

Title: Preventing Water-Borne Illnesses (August 2016)
Summary: Justin Caron, Vice President of the Aquatic Design Group, discusses the need for aquatic center directors to know how to prevent outbreaks from occurring in their facilities.

2015

The Wall Street Journal

Title: Beach Bugs: Illnesses Often Follow Offshore Swims (August 3, 2015)
Summary: For many Americans, swimming at the beach can result in a trip to the doctor, says a study in the Journal of Water and Health.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Title: Cryptosporidiosis outbreaks on the rise, CDC warns (July 1, 2015)
Summary: As summer heats up and people head to the swimming pool, CDC highlights a rise in outbreaks of waterborne illnesses. Physicians should let their patients know how to best avoid illnesses associated with recreational water use.

Provided with permission by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

AOL News

Title: CDC confirms red eyes at the pool are caused by urine, not chlorine (June 19, 2015)
Summary: The CDC teamed with Water Quality and the Health Council and the National Swimming Pool Foundation to educate Americans about the dangers of pools and how to stay healthy when swimming.

U.S. News & World Report

Title: 13 ways to stay healthy at the pool this summer (June 8, 2015)
Summary: If you want to stay safe and healthy at your local community pool, there's more to remember than no running in the splash zone. From water-borne diseases to rashes and other infections, here are a few precautions to take before diving into swim season.

TIME Magazine

Title: Outbreak of norovirus linked to a popular Oregon lake (May 16, 2015)
Summary: Flu season is over, but with the summer comes health concerns of a different pathogenic sort. An outbreak of the stomach bug norovirus last summer was linked to a popular lake destination in Oregon, found a new study released in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CBS News

Title: Summer Swimming Hazard: Norovirus Lurked in Lake (May 15, 2015)
Summary: An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that was traced back to an Oregon lake has led U.S. health officials to issue guidelines on swimming hygiene.

WebMD

Title: Stomach bug traced to swimming in contaminated lake water (May 15, 2015)
Summary: Seventy people who swam at a lake near Portland last July were sickened by norovirus -- commonly known as the "cruise ship bug" because of shipboard outbreaks.

Health Day

Title: Stomach bug traced to swimming in contaminated lake water (May 14, 2015)
Summary: An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that was traced back to an Oregon lake has led U.S. health officials to issue guidelines on swimming hygiene.

Aquatics International

Title: Drug levels in the water studied (February 2015) See page 5 of the online publication for more information.
Summary: Researchers zero in on pharmaceuticals and personal care products as potential health hazards.

2014

Healio Infectious Disease News

Title: Children may be more vulnerable to disease outbreaks caused by harmful algal blooms (January 14, 2014)
Summary: Children appear to be at higher risk of disease caused by freshwater harmful algal blooms, according to a report from the CDC.

2013

USA Today

Title: Pool inspectors decline as waterborne illnesses rise (June 22, 2013)
Summary: As the summer swimming season kicks into full swing, cutbacks in the number of pool inspectors that monitor health and safety standards may put pool cleanliness and safety at risk.

NBC News

Title: No. 1 swimming pool problem? It’s number two! (June 16, 2013)
Summary: People always worry about pee in the pool, but number two is the No. 1 problem, government health experts say. They found plenty of evidence that someone’s pooping in the pool.

ABC News

Title: Fecal germs in public pools: should you worry? (June 16, 2013)
Summary: A new study, which found genetic fragments from the fecal germ E. coli in 58 percent of public pools, might have you thinking twice about taking a dip this summer.

CBS News

Title: CDC finds public swimming pools rife with fecal contamination (June 16, 2013)
Summary: A government study of public pools found widespread fecal contamination and the presence of other potentially dangerous parasites lurking in them.

Fox News

Title: Majority of pools are contaminated by poop, CDC says (June 16, 2013)
Summary: Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found genetic material from E. coli bacteria in 58 percent of public pools they tested during the summer of 2012.

2012

Scientific American

Title: How do germs get into the swimming pool? You might not want to know (August 21, 2012)
Summary: As the summer winds down and Labor Day weekend approaches in the U.S., beaches and public pools will be filling up with swimmers looking to take one last dip outdoors before the season ends. Most people will hit the water without worrying about the microscopic organisms they'll be swimming with.

2011

Healio Infectious Diseases in Children

Title: More education urged for preventing recreational water illnesses (November 30, 2011)
Summary: Several high-profile outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis and other gastrointestinal illnesses have highlighted the potential risks of swimming pools, and pediatricians can play a key role in counseling parents and patients about water safety, according to a speaker here at the 24th Annual Infectious Diseases in Children Symposium.

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