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Title: Preventing Water-Borne IllnessesExternal (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.

Title: Pool Professionals Help in Fight Against Zika VirusExternal (April 2016)
Summary: As Zika has begun to affect the U.S., many industry firms are educating customers about ways to stay safe.


Title: Beach Bugs: Illnesses Often Follow Offshore SwimsExternal (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.

Title: Cryptosporidiosis outbreaks on the rise, CDC warnsExternal (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.

Title: CDC confirms red eyes at the pool are caused by urine, not chlorineExternal (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.

Title: 13 ways to stay healthy at the pool this summerExternal (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.

Title: Outbreak of norovirus linked to a popular Oregon lakeExternal (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.

Title: Summer Swimming Hazard: Norovirus Lurked in LakeExternal (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.

Title: Stomach bug traced to swimming in contaminated lake waterExternal (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.

Title: Stomach bug traced to swimming in contaminated lake waterExternal (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.

Title: Drug levels in the water studiedExternal (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.


Title: Children may be more vulnerable to disease outbreaks caused by harmful algal bloomsExternal (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.


Title: Pool inspectors decline as waterborne illnesses riseExternal (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.

Title: No. 1 swimming pool problem? It’s number two!External (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.

Title: Fecal germs in public pools: should you worry?External (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.

Title: CDC finds public swimming pools rife with fecal contaminationExternal (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.

Title: Majority of pools are contaminated by poop, CDC saysExternal (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.


Title: How do germs get into the swimming pool? You might not want to knowExternal (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.


Title: More education urged for preventing recreational water illnessesExternal (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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