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  • Close to 80 percent of public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds tested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had at least one safety or hygiene violation
  • One in 8 of the pools was so dirty that it had to be closed immediately after inspection
  • Pools meant for young children and infants were especially risky, with 1 in 5 being closed right after inspection

By Dr. Mercola

If you’re planning to visit a public pool this summer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) annual report may make you think twice. More than 48,600 public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds were tested, and close to 80 percent had at least one safety or hygiene violation.


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