‘The water is recycled’: Splash pads reduce child drowning risk, boost diarrhea outbreaks

Splash pads for children at water parks offer less risk for drowning, but inadequate disinfection and poor toileting/hygiene skills create a hub for gastrointestinal illness outbreaks, noted data in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.“Splash pads are popping up everywhere,” Michele C. Hlavsa, MPH, an epidemiologist and chief of the CDC Healthy Swimming Program, told Healio. “I suspect that the public doesn’t know that the water is recirculated and recycled. Sitting on jets, drinking water from jets — those are great ways to spread germs or transmit germs thatRead More

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