New Delhi: A dip in the pool on a hot summer day might not be as safe as you thought—the application of disinfectants in recreational pools can lead to asthma and bladder cancer, according to a recent University of Illinois study. Not only is swimming fun, but it’s also a popular form of exercise in many countries.
In this study, collections from public pools and a control sample of tap water were evaluated to identify recreational water conditions that could be harmful to your health. The study compared different disinfection methods and environmental conditions. Results proved that all disinfected pool samples exhibited more genomic DNA damage than the source tap water, said Plewa. "Care should be taken in selecting disinfectants to treat recreational pool water. The data suggest that brominating agents should be avoided as disinfectants of recreational pool water. The best method to treat pool waters is a combination of UV treatment with chlorine as compared to chlorination alone," advised Plewa. ANI
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