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Whirlpool bacteria warning

7th March 2006

Research suggests that poorly-maintained whirlpool baths can be a breeding ground for potentially dangerous bacteria.

In details published in an online journal called PM Engineer, a team from Texas A&M University tested 43 water samples from private and public whirlpool baths, and found all had some kind of microbial growth.  

Bacteria from faeces were present in 95% of samples, while 81% had fungi and 34% contained potentially deadly staphylococcus bacteria.  

The Health Protection Agency said that people fitting whirlpool baths into their own homes should be aware of the need for regular cleaning. However, most commercial and healthcare operators do clean their products on a regular basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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