CDC warns against swimming in dirty pools

The Centers for Disease Control is warning against the dangers of defecating in public pools.

A simple dip in the wrong pool could leave swimmers with a bad case of diarrhea and other problems. If feces enters the water, a dangerous parasite could start sharing the water with anyone who dives in.

The CDC is warning of rising infections from a parasite called Cryptosporidium, commonly known as Crypto. Symptoms of the intestinal virus include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and dehydration.

Health officials say pools need to be blasted with chlorine if someone has an accident.

"If there's a fecal accident, the chlorine level has to be brought to 20 parts per million," says Jay Elliot, assistant director of health in Edison. "[The] normal level for a pool is 1.0 or 4.0."

The CDC is currently working with public health officials nationwide to put together a model aquatic health code. They hope to eventually standardize water safety guidelines on a national basis.

For more on pool parasites, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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