04
Nov
2016
Hygiene & Health

Why Cryptosporidium is Responsible for over 80% of Swimming Pool Illness Outbreaks, and What Can be Done about It


26
Aug
2016
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Crypto Outbreaks in Aquatic Facilities

Over 250 people in central Ohio and over 100 in Arizona have been sickened in summer outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis, a diarrheal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cryptosporidium, or “Crypto.”   These parasites are found throughout the US and abroad, and settle in the intestines of infected humans and animals, making Crypto one of the most... Read More »

10
Jun
2016
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Maximizing Healthy Fun in the Kiddie Pool

Each summer, parents of toddlers and young children delight in introducing their offspring to the kiddie pool.  With its shallow water, plastic pails and inflatable toys, the kiddie pool is a haven of fun, discovery and social interaction for the youngest pool patrons.  Spending time in the kiddie pool to acclimate a toddler to the... Read More »

22
Jan
2016
Hygiene & Health
by Bob G. Vincent, MPA

This Winter, Use Your Senses around Your Indoor Pool

Is swimming your exercise of choice this winter? According to the US Census Bureau, swimming is America’s fourth most popular recreational activity after (1) walking, (2) exercising with equipment and (3) camping. Unless you’re a polar bear, indoor pools help make swimming a year-round option, and swimming brings health benefits galore. But how do you... Read More »

07
Aug
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Bob G. Vincent, MPA

What to do about Bird (and Other) Droppings in the Swimming Pool

There’s nothing like a swim in an outdoor pool in beautiful summer weather. As the open air is the domain of nature’s flying creatures, however, the occasional splat of bird droppings in the pool is to be expected. What, if anything, needs to be done about bird droppings in the pool? According to the US... Read More »

19
Jun
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD, and Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Swimming Pools Myths Busted over the Airwaves

We recently completed our annual Healthy Pools “radio media tour” of 23 radio stations across the US, during which we dispelled common swimming pool myths and promoted tips on staying healthy in the pool this summer.  Here are some highlights from the tour: Myth:  There is a dye that is used to identify swimmers who... Read More »

12
Jun
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Water Quality Health Council

Saluting Our Fallen Heroes with Swimming Lessons for Children

Swimming is a skill that can provide endless enjoyment, help keep you fit, and even save your life.  As a group of public health and safety professionals, we have been strong proponents of healthy swimming for nearly 25 years.  We believe all children should learn to swim, and that is why we are so impressed... Read More »

29
May
2015
Hygiene & Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA

Safe Fun in the Kiddie Pool

Kiddie pools can bring hours of delight to young children on a hot summer day. But unlike larger pools, small plastic and inflatable kiddie pools are normally not equipped with water filters or treated with chemicals that remove germs and balance pH. Add to this the fact that hygiene is not a strong suit of the kiddie pool set, and a few helpful tips are in order for safe fun in the kiddie pool:... Read More »