How to enjoy public pools this summer and avoid the pesky bacteria lurking in the water

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day, is quickly approaching. Local pools and water parks will beckon. While most people will be fine, there’s a health risk you should be aware of if you decide to take a dip in a public or hotel pool this summer.

Yearly, since 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sponsored a campaign the week before Memorial Day. They call it Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, to reduce illness related to recreational water use.

Typically, recreational water is treated with chlorine, and most of the time chlorine keeps us from …read more