JOPLIN, MO-- E-coli, cryptosporidium, giardia... they're just a few of the germs you could find at the pool, parasites that could make you sick. Of course, most pools take steps to eliminate the risks.
Freeman Infection Control Nurse Ann Davy said, "Chlorine is very effective in killing most germs, however as with anything, nothing is 100%."
Davy said the best bet is to prevent the inital contamination. "If you're ill do not go to a public pool. Do not swim, because if you're having diarrhea, it takes just a small amount to infect a pool and can infect other people especially if you don't keep your mouth closed."
And Davy added it's a good idea to practice good pool hygiene even when you aren't sick. "Would include frequent potty breaks for the kids and yourself too. Cleaning well after you go to the bathroom - wash your hands well with soap and water and just avoiding getting the water in your mouth."