(THE STAR) — Red-eyed after taking a dip in the pool this summer?
You may be surprised — not to mention grossed out — to know that bodily fluids like pee, poop, sweat and dirt mixing in with chlorine are the culprits, according to the U.S. Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
The group found that the strong chemical smell emanating from pools is actually caused by the chemical that forms when chlorine mixes with pee and poop in the water and the dirt and sweat on swimmers’ bodies.
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Diarrhea is the most common outbreak linked to infected water, the CDC reported, and it is caused by germs and viruses like Cryptosporidium, norovirus and E. coli.