Disease Outbreak Confirmed in Central Indiana Pools

Published 06/17 2014 08:24PM

Updated 06/17 2014 08:26PM

A disease is raising concerns at swimming pools around Indianapolis.

Health officials in Marion County confirm an outbreak of shigellosis, which can cause abdominal cramping and diarrhea.

The germ can be transferred at pools when people:
  • Swim while currently, or recently, experiencing diarrhea
  • Change diapers at pool sides
  • Do not shower before using the pool or fail to properly wash after using the restroom
  • Drink pool water

Vanderburgh County Health officials say there have been no reports of shigellosis in Evansville but remind people to maintain healthy swimming habits. Swimmers should remember to:
  • Stay out of the pool if currently or recently ill, especially with diarrhea
  • Change diapers only in bathrooms and wash hands thoroughly afterwards
  • Shower before entering the pool and wash their backsides well since fecal matter can remain even after wiping.
  • Refrain from drinking pool water as the chlorine does not instantly kill germs

Those with questions or concerns regarding pools should contact the Vanderburgh County Health Department at (812) 435-5695.

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