It’s that time of the year again!. In anticipation of Memorial Day weekend, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prepares a public announcement that’s pretty much guaranteed to ruin the beginning of summer. Its annual report reminds the public that while swimming venues are a lot of fun, they also are likely to be disgustingly filthy. The dirty details are so bad, in fact, that reading them may change the hearts and minds of people who aren’t typically afraid of microbes.
This year’s report states that nearly 80 percent of 48,632 water venues—including public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds—inspected in 2013 were found to have at least one safety or hygiene violation. Alarmingly, one in eight of these sites was closed immediately after inspection due to serious health and safety violations. That number was even higher for the watering holes meant for small children! One in five kiddie pools was closed immediately after inspection due to violations.
The CDC based the report on a sample of inspections conducted in Arizona, California, Florida, New York and Texas. The findings were published in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.