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Can anything survive in a chlorinated pool?

K. Weber kweber at efn.org
Mon Sep 23 10:24:41 EST 1996

      If this occurs again without the swimming pool you might check out
  a specialist in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Unfortunately ther aren't
very many doing antiviral treatment. That's because there aren't really
any good antivirals. The initiating symptom is often a waxing and waning or
chronic sore throat. Though this syndrome is not diagnoned until more
symptoms are present and for a longer time. Anyone knowing about diagnoses
of chronic viruses might be interested in answering this. I don't know
whether they can tell the difference between acute and chronic infections.
What I believe they get in most cases is a sort of police line-up of
possible suspects.
    You might also consider the possibility of a chlorine allergy. If it
remains a chronic problem he might do better with non-chlorinated water.
I hope some one better than me will answer the question whether anything
can live in a chlorinated pool. I think some parasites can live in
chlorinated water, which is less chlorinated. Maybe this kid should take
up soceer.
    Dr. John Martin, a pathologist specializing in viruses, has a
homepage where you might get some information. This is the address:


On 16 Sep 1996, Peter wrote:

> Hello,
> Our 3yr old boy has had 3 lots of tonsillitis, all within a 2 month
> period.
> As antibiotics appear to have worked each time within 5 days or so,
> the cause would appear to be a bacterium rather than a virus.
> We have a domestic swimming pool, correctly chlorinated, temp about
> 27-28C, and each illness started within 1-2 days of him having a
> splash in the pool.
> Is it possible for something in the pool to be causing this? I could
> "try it" for a 4th time, but he really suffers and it looks like there
> is a good correlation. However, I use the pool a lot, with no ill
> effects. I can drain the pool but don't want to do it unnecessarily as
> it costs about $300 in water to refill.
> Any feedback is much appreciated. Please copy reply by e-mail. Thank
> you.
> Peter.

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