CDC - Birds & Pools - Animals and Pools - Pools & Hot Tubs - Healthy Swimming & Recreational Water

Posted on July 23, 2013 – 18:04

A closeup view of a duck family. Many types of birds are attracted to swimming pools. As a result,swimmers might come in contact with bird droppings (poop) while in the pool. If you find bird droppings in the pool,there are a few simple steps you can take to disinfect the water and keep birds away from the pool.

Can bird droppings in the pool spread germs to swimmers?

Many germs that might be found in bird droppings can infect humans.A closeup view of a man cutting a hedge.Duck and goose droppings,in particular,might contain germs such as E. coli,Salmonella,Campylobacter,or Cryptosporidium ("Crypto" for short).

Most germs in bird droppings are killed by chlorine within minutes in a well-maintained pool.

The germ Crypto,however,has a tough outer shell that allows it to survive for a long time in the environment. Crypto can survive for days even in properly chlorinated pools. Currently,CDC is not aware of any evidence of Crypto being spread directly from birds to humans.

What should I do if I find bird droppings in the pool?A closeup view of flying geese.

Pool operators and owners should respond to finding bird droppings in the pool the same way they would respond to finding formed human feces (poop) in the pool. The Healthy Swimming Program’s Fecal Incident Response Recommendations [PDF - 644 kb]provide step-by-step guidance on how to properly decontaminate the water in these situations.

Follow these steps to remove bird droppings and disinfect the water:

  • Close the pool to swimmers.
  • Put on disposable gloves.
  • Remove the bird droppings using a net or bucket. Do not vacuum the droppings from the pool.
  • Clean off any debris or dirt from the item used to remove the bird droppings.


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2010-04-26 19:34:32 by okwonderwhy

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what "LIFE" will be like as humans living on this planet when the fishes are gone, or the ones that can live through our muck, so much poisoned by man that we can no longer eat them safely? (just about now,, huh- STUPID) or when THE SEAS ARE DEAD?? (from oil spills & other plastic crap, and absorbing all they do now,on & on, every single day hundreds of thousands of planes exhaust fumes, cars and more on the roads- IF the economies get better as our beloved politicians promise

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