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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Creighton University School of Law

Monday, May 25, 2009

Summer Pool Tip from CDC

As if one needed to be reminded:  Headline of the Day from -  Please don't pee in the pool.  The rest of the story goes into more detail as to why: 

Although urine in the water probably will not cause swimmers to go to the emergency room, it causes "more of a respiratory, ocular irritation: the red puffy eyes or a cough, an itchy throat," said Michele Hlavsa, an epidemiologist in the division of parasitic diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."A big health message is not to urinate or pee in the water."

And it happens far more frequently than water-lovers would like to think. In a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted in April and May, 17 percent admitted relieving themselves in a swimming pool. Even the Olympics' most decorated swimmer, Michael Phelps, confessed to urinating in the water to TV host Jimmy Kimmel. In a 2008 interview, Kimmel asked the 14-gold medal winner, "You pee in the pool, true?" "Yeah," Phelps replied. "Which nationality pees in the pool the most?" Kimmel asked. "Probably Americans," Phelps said. "Oh, so we're number one in that too," Kimmel quipped.

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