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Whirlpools are nasty

A researcher at Texas A & M University has greatly reduced the possiblity that I will ever sit in a whirlpool again.

From Reuters:

In 95 percent of the tubs, bacteria derived from feces were present, while 81 percent had fungi and 34 percent contained potentially deadly staphylococcus bacteria.

Moyes explained that a teaspoon of normal tap water contains about 138 bacteria and many samples are bacteria-free. A teaspoon of whirlpool tub water, on the other hand, contains an average of more than 2 million bacteria.



At 3/10/2006 02:22:00 PM, Anonymous Dick Wolfe said...

My name is Dick Wolfe and I represent the Hot Tub Council of the Association of Poll and Spa Professionals (APSP). I must point out that you have used the term "hot tubs" incorrectly in your post.

Dr. Moyes study involved whirlpool tubs of the type that are, in her own words, "filled and drained after each use, as distinguished from recreational spas and hot tubs."

Hot tubs and whirlpools are different products and are not interchangeable terms. Hot tubs remain filled and are kept clean by a proper chemical balance similar to swimming pools. About hot tubs Dr. Moyes said, "A properly maintained hot tub is
both inviting and safe."

Hopefully this will prevent misunderstandings about the two products in the future.

Thank you

Dick Wolfe

At 3/12/2006 11:13:00 AM, Blogger Scott said...

Thanks for the clarification. The Reuters story was corrected with the distinction between the two, and I subsequently updated this post as well.

At 3/12/2006 10:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

However you're still just as likely to come down with an infection of ugly gold medallions and hair implants.


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