Recreational Water Illnesses in unclean public swimming pools are common. These illness types are contracted simply by breathing, swallowing some of the pool waters, and just making contact with water that is not sanitary.
There is one common “pool illness,” known as Cryptosporidium. This is a germ found in the stools of people. This infectious germ type is very difficult to get rid of, and often is not killed off by chlorine in the water. You can get crypto when you have in any way, swallowed water from the contaminated pool.
Another illness caused by pool water which is infectious is Giardia. Giardia is also contracted by swallowing pool-infected water. This illness is not contracted by blood. Giardia often causes a lot of diarrhea and abdominal pain, and can be hard to get rid of quickly, especially in people with underlying medical conditions.
Another water born germ is known as Shigella. This is an infectious disease. The actual disease name that carries the Shigella germ is called Shigellosis. The incubation for shigella germs is about 2 days when symptoms will begin setting in. Chances are, you will have bloody diarrhea, fevers, and bad stomach cramps. This infection type will usually resolve on its own within 7 days unless you have another underlying condition or compromised immunity. So some people that have contracted this disease may need antibiotics.
There are also noroviruses that are spread in the swimming pools. These are viruses that are spread like the flu such as gastroenteritis. The germs can be spread easily in the swimming pool again, when water has been swallowed that is infected. The incubation period is about 2 days when symptoms start to occur such as vomiting severely, upset stomach, and diarrhea.
And last but not least, E. Coli is a common bacteria that can be picked up from infected pool waters. Some of the E. coli bacterias causes either diarrhea or urinary tract infections. You can contract E. coli by swimming in waters that are contaminated and swallowing it.
For prevention of these infectious water-born diseases, take a few precautions. When you have little kids, check diapers. And don’t change diapers by the pool site. Wash your child very thoroughly before they get into the pool.
When you are feeling unwell and have diarrhea, it is not good to swim. This is how you will spread germs to other people especially if you have an infectious bacteria.
Keep your mouth closed tightly when going underwater in a public pool.
After you swim, please take a shower and use some anti-bacterial soaps. That way if you have bacterias on you, they will have less of a chance of developing.