Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

This program deals with public bathing facilities. Annual, follow-up and monitoring inspections are conducted by local health department environmental program staff.

Functions of Cabinet in regulating certain health matters — Inspection fees — Hearing

enalties.

Kentucky public swimming and bathing facilities

Functions of Cabinet in regulating certain health matters — Inspection fees — Hearing

Penalties.

Kentucky public swimming and bathing facilities

Recreational Water Illness

– Illness caused by germs and chemicals found in the water we swim in.

Contrary to popular belief, chlorine does not kill all germs instantly. There are germs today that are very tolerant to chlorine and were not known to cause human disease until recently. Once these germs get in the pool, it can take anywhere from minutes to days for chlorine to kill them. Swallowing just a little water that contains these germs can make you sick.

Recreational water illnesses (RWis) are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, or oceans. RWis can also be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause indoor air quality problems.

RWis include a wide variety of infections, such as gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. The most commonly reported RWI is diarrhea. Diarrheal illnesses are caused by germs such as Crypto (short for Crvptosporidium ), Giardia, Shiqella, norovirus and E. coli 0157:H7. With RWI outbreaks on the rise, swimmers need to take an active role in helping to protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs. It is important for swimmers to learn the basic facts about RWis so they can keep themselves and their family healthy every time they swim.

In the past two decades, there has been a substantial increase in the number of RWI outbreaks associated with swimming. Crypto, which can stay alive for days even in well-maintained pools, has become the leading cause of swimming pool-related outbreaks of diarrheal illness. From 2004 to 2008, reported Crypto cases increased over 200% (from 3,411 cases in 2004 to 10,500 cases in 2008).

Although Crypto is tolerant to chlorine, most germs are not. Keeping chlorine at recommended levels is essential to maintain a healthy pool. However, a 2010 study found that 1 in 8 public pool inspections resulted in pools being closed immediately due to serious code violations such as improper chlorine levels.

References

l. CDC. Cryptosporidios is surveillance – United States. 20 09-20 1 0 . MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2012;61(5505 ):1-12.

2. CDC. Violations identified from routine swimming pool inspections – Selected states and counties. United States. 2 00 8 . MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2010;59(SS19

For more information go to cdc.gov

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AND HARRISON COUNTY HEALTH CENTER

364 Oddville Avenue
Cynthiana, KY 41031
866-75-WEDCO (93326)

Clinic Fax: 859-234-0393
Home Health Fax: 859-234-4143

Business Hours:

Monday-Friday - 8:00am - 4:30pm

**1st/3rd Thursday - 10:00am - 6:30pm

Nicholas County Health Center

2320 Concrete Road
Carlisle, KY 40311
859-234-5090
866-75-WEDCO (93326)
Clinic Fax: 859-289-2203
Home Health Fax: 859-234-4143

Business Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:00am - 4:30pm

**2nd/4th Thursday 10:00am - 6:30pm

Regular Days

CLOSED for LUNCH 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Late Days - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Scott County Health Center

300 East Washington Street
Georgetown, KY 40324
859-234-5090
866-75-WEDCO (93326)
Clinic Fax: 502-863-3986
Home Health Fax: 859-234-4143

Business Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

**2nd/4th Tuesday 10:00am - 6:30pm