ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The Webster Groves Aquatic Center is a popular place for families to cool off every summer. Our partners at The St. Louis Post Dispatch report trace amounts of the bacteria e coli have been found in the swimming pool during routine testing according to the county health department. The pool was closed for testing but has since re-opened.
Health officials inspect the county's 1,000 public pools ever two weeks during the summer. Reportedly hundreds are usually shut down for chemical imbalances but those only last a few hours. E. coli is spread in swimming pools when the water is contaminated with feces. If a person is sick, it can cause severe stomach cramping and bloody diarrhea. A study by the Centers for Disease Control two years ago found that the majority of public pools tested were positive for E. coli.
To keep from getting sick and spreading the bacteria, don't allow anyone to swim if they have diarrhea. Try to keep pool water out of your mouth and don't swallow it. Shower with soap before swimming and change diapers in the bathroom, not on the pool deck.