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What Are Water Borne Illnesses?

Water borne illnesses are something that no one wants to talk about, but everyone should understand. If not taken care of and sanitized properly, a pool or spa can spread harmful bacteria that can lead to rashes, fever, gastrointestinal illness, as well as other debilitating symptoms.

How Do I Protect My Family?

Learn about the most common Water Borne Illnesses and how to prevent them.

Cryptosporidium

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Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis. Both the parasite and the disease are commonly known as “Crypto.”

The parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time and makes it very tolerant to chlorine disinfection. Yes, that means that it can’t be killed with Chlorine alone. We need to take extra steps to keep our swimmers safe.

 

  • Protect others by not swimming if you are experiencing diarrhea (this is essential for children in diapers). If diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis, do not swim for at least 2 weeks after diarrhea stops.
  • Shower before entering the water.
  • Wash children thoroughly (especially their bottoms) with soap and water after they use the toilet or their diapers are changed and before they enter the water.
  • Take children on frequent bathroom breaks and check their diapers often.
  • Change diapers in the bathroom, not at the poolside.
  • Check Chlorine and pH levels regularly. The Chlorine level in a residential pool needs to be between 1-3 ppm (parts per million,) and between 3-5 ppm in a residential spa. pH levels should always be between 7.4 and 7.6.

Giardia

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Giardia, much like Crypto, is protected by an outer shell that makes it resistant to chlorine. Make sure to follow the before mentioned steps to keep yourself and other swimmers safe from Giardia and other Water Borne Illnesses.

Check Chlorine and pH levels regularly. The Chlorine level in a residential pool needs to be between 1-3 ppm (parts per million,) and between 3-5 ppm in a residential spa. pH levels should always be between 7.4 and 7.6.

 

 

 

Shigellosis

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Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most who are infected with Shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. Shigellosis usually resolves in 5 to 7 days. Some people who are infected may have no symptoms at all, but may still pass the Shigella bacteria to others. The spread ofShigella can be stopped by frequent and careful handwashing with soap and taking other hygiene measures.

This disease may be acquired by swimming in contaminated surface waters or pools and spas.

Check Chlorine and pH levels regularly. The Chlorine level in a residential pool needs to be between 1-3 ppm (parts per million,) and between 3-5 ppm in a residential spa. pH levels should always be between 7.4 and 7.6.

Hot Tub Rash (Pseudomonas Aeruginosa)

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One of the most common Water Borne Illnesses (and the easiest to diagnose and treat) that I have seen working with Advanced Spa And Pool is Hot Tub Rash.

Hot tub rash can occur if contaminated water comes in contact with skin for a long period of time. The rash usually appears within a few days of being in a poorly maintained hot tub.

To reduce the risk of hot tub rash:

Remove your swimsuit and shower with soap after getting out of the water.

Clean your swimsuit after getting out of the water.

Be sure that your hot tub is adequately sanitized.

  • Hot Tubs: free chlorine (3—5 ppm) or bromine (4—6 ppm).

 

When in doubt, bring us a sample of your spa water. We offer FREE BioGuard water analyses all year long!

 

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