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Insight Denton: Does the city inspect apartment swimming pools?

Yes, they do. Because swimming pools can be a source of waterborne illness, the city's health inspectors visit pools in Denton apartment complexes twice a year. 

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, doctors report an average of about 475 cases of cryptosporidiosis annually. Outbreaks linked to this bacteria, which can cause severe diarrhea and death, are among the most common associated with swimming in pools, water parks and splash pads. In 2008, more than 3,300 people were sickened in multiple outbreaks around the state. 

Epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say people can be exposed to a variety of illness-causing bacteria, not only from swallowing water but also from breathing the mist or simply coming in contact with it. While diarrhea-causing bacteria is the most commonly reported, swimmers can also suffer skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic and wound infections. 

According to city spokeswoman Alison Ream, city health inspectors usually plan their visits  for outdoor pools between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. 

If you believe there could be a problem with the pool at your apartment, you can contact the city by calling 940-349-8541 so that health inspectors can follow up. 

Source: Texas Department of State Health Services, cryptosporidiosis.

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