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CDC study finds 58% of public pools tainted with human waste

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The next time you take a dip in a public swimming pool, be aware that the water might be tainted with human waste. That's the latest word from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC released a report Thursday showing that 58 percent of public swimming pools in the U.S. have fecal contamination.

The agency says it happens because people let accidents happen in the pool, or they don't shower before getting into the pool.

The study looked at pool filters in 140 to 150, indoor and outdoor swimming pools last summer.

Although all the pools that were sampled are in Atlanta, the CDC says contamination is a widespread problem.

"I wish I could own my own pool, but since I love swimming laps, I figure it's just one of those risks you have to take," said Shelley Mathiot, a New Bern resident.

The CDC says the tests used in the study don't indicate whether the detected germs were alive or able to cause infections.

The CDC has these tips to prevent infection:

  • Shower before and after getting in the pool.
  • Take bathroom breaks every hour.
  • Don't swim when you have diarrhea.
  • Don't swallow the water you swim in.
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