Academic journal article Iranian Journal of Public Health

Potential Risk of Acute Gastrointestinal Illness (Agi) in Young Children Associated with Swimming Pools Due to Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Academic journal article Iranian Journal of Public Health

Potential Risk of Acute Gastrointestinal Illness (Agi) in Young Children Associated with Swimming Pools Due to Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

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Background: To assess if these swimming pools were a health risk to young children (age 7 to 11), thirteen public swimming pools, were examined and the exposed children were monitored by completing a questionnaire. An adequate control group was chosen randomly from those who never used the investigated pools.

Methods: Samples of swimming-pools water were examined for colony counts, Escherichia coli, coliforms, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa according to the Standard Method 20th edition. Routine chemical tests of the samples were performed and other useful information was recorded simultaneously. To investigate the relevance of P. aeruginosa and AGI, 375 young children users (age 7 to 11), were asked to participate for a brief interview. The participants were asked to come back to the pools the next couple days after interview. Eventually, 291(77.6%) of the participants could continue and finalize the process.

Results: Results were statistically analyzed and matched for age, and other achieved data such as gastrointestinal symp- toms, how many children had ingested pools-water undesira- bly during swimming in the pools, amount of swimming- pools water they may ingested and other useful information. …

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