More sickness bug cases linked to Newport Centre pool

NO SWIMMING: Newport Centre pool

NO SWIMMING: Newport Centre pool

First published in News

THE number of sickness bug cases linked to a Newport pool has doubled, health officials say.

A further seven people have had Cryptosporidiosis clinically diagnosed directly linked to the outbreak associated with Newport Centre’s pool. This brings the total number to 14.

Forty-four cases of the bug have now been diagnosed across Gwent since the middle of August, including the 14 linked to the pool, which was closed on September 6.

It remains closed and an investigation is being carried out on its operating system, including its filtration works, and the council says it will not reopen until the authority is sure it is safe to do so.

Sheila Davies, Newport City Council 's corporate director for regeneration and the environment said the health protection of the public was of paramount importance.

She said: "The pool will remain closed until we are 100 per cent satisfied that everything is in order and the risk to those using the facility is minimal.

"Newport City council would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused."

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2:05pm Wed 26 Sep 12

pipa says...

What I really want to ask is this; aren't public swimming pools supposed to be regularly monitored through regular testing to ensure that the water quality remains safe? if so why has this highly unpleasant infection been allowed to sicken so many individuals before it was realised that there was actually a problem?If regular testing is not performed why not? unfortunately the bug responsible in this instance is resistant to chlorine and unfortunately chlorine in the swimming pool does not ensure that the water is completely safe as we have seen. It is possible that the bug was brought into the pool by a swimmer, and I consider that there should be greater public awareness of hygiene when visiting a pool, for example individuals should be made aware that they should not visit for at least 2 weeks after a stomach upset, and everyone should be made to shower (with soap) before entering the pool. just basic hygiene really, ok its not going to stop everyone but it may reduce the risk. It has certainly put my family off ever visiting a swimming pool, again which is a shame really because it is a great form of exercise. But if you cannot be assured that the quality of the water is safe then its hardly a healthy thing to do is it?
What I really want to ask is this; aren't public swimming pools supposed to be regularly monitored through regular testing to ensure that the water quality remains safe? if so why has this highly unpleasant infection been allowed to sicken so many individuals before it was realised that there was actually a problem?If regular testing is not performed why not? unfortunately the bug responsible in this instance is resistant to chlorine and unfortunately chlorine in the swimming pool does not ensure that the water is completely safe as we have seen. It is possible that the bug was brought into the pool by a swimmer, and I consider that there should be greater public awareness of hygiene when visiting a pool, for example individuals should be made aware that they should not visit for at least 2 weeks after a stomach upset, and everyone should be made to shower (with soap) before entering the pool. just basic hygiene really, ok its not going to stop everyone but it may reduce the risk. It has certainly put my family off ever visiting a swimming pool, again which is a shame really because it is a great form of exercise. But if you cannot be assured that the quality of the water is safe then its hardly a healthy thing to do is it? pipa
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