BACTERIA IN PUBLIC SWIMMING BATHS.

BACTERIA IN PUBLIC SWIMMING BATHS.

A paper was read on this subject by Dr. Glynn and Dr. Matthews at the annual congress of the British Royal Institute of Public Health, held recently in Liverpool. England. The authors said that investigation showed that salt water baths contained fewer bacteria than fresh water. According to observations they had made, it was found that the water in a firstclass bath removed from the skin and hair of each bather in about ten minutes approximately 4,000,000,000 bacteria. In the secondclass bath each contaminated the water with 6.000,000,000 bacteria. One source of contamination besides the human body was dirt, which was carried into the corridors by the shoes of bathers, and he suggested that the ideal swimming hath of the future should have two corridors, one of which should he used solely hv barefooted people. T here was no evidence that bacteria in swimming baths was injurious: yet, if they occurred in large numbers, it proved that the water was not clean; and, to put it mildly, cleanliness is the essence of hygiene.

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