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Study from the CDC Shows 60% of Pools Contain Fecal Material

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Swimmers beware, a new study shows more than half of public pools have fecal matter in the water.

The analysis by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and prevention found sixty percent of water samples taken from public pool filters tested positive for e-coli, a bacteria usually found in feces.

More than half of the samples also contained bacteria that cause a rash and ear infections.

They say chlorine doesn't kill germs instantly -- and it is important for people to not swallow the water they swim in. They also say swimmers should rinse off before getting in the pool, and avoid swimming if they have diarrhea.

The researchers say parents should check their child's diaper every thirty to sixty minutes, and not change their diaper poolside where germs can rinse into the water.

The study did not look at water parks, residential pools or other types of recreational water.

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