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What lies beneath: The bugs lurking in your swimming pool

Reid, S.R. and Ryan, U.ORCID: 0000-0003-2710-9324 (2015) What lies beneath: The bugs lurking in your swimming pool. The Conversation, 25 December .

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Summer holidays are upon us, and many of us will finally get to spend some lazy days by the pool. But how can you ensure this pleasant experience doesn’t leave you with any nasty surprises?

Many infectious bugs (micro-organisms) use water to spread to new hosts. As such, swimming pools can be a major source of gastrointestinal illness.

Many waterborne outbreaks are never identified. Fewer than 10% of ill people go to their doctor and most of these don’t submit samples for laboratory testing. Even if they did, organisms are difficult to detect in water and they’re often gone by the time the investigation takes place.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
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