A dead rabbit. A colony of frogs. Water tinged green with algae.
Those were some findings of county inspectors who examined swimming pools in metro Atlanta in recent years.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution collected and analyzed thousands of county records and found that about one out of every six inspections of swimming pools, spas and water parks resulted in a closure. The data covered more than 15,000 inspections in four metro-Atlanta counties over the last 2 1/2 years.
The results can be gross. But germs or parasites can also pose a health risk for swimmers. Last year, an outbreak of cryptosporidosis linked to a private swim club pool in DeKalb County sickened 63 people
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