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Foam party may have caused skin rash: SHA

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has determined the pool water at the Bioclean Aquatic Centre is safe after reports of rashes developing on swimmers last month. The health authority says a foam party causing a chemical reaction may be the source of reported skin irritation.

From February 6-15, swimmers and staff members reported skin irritations after using the swimming pool at the Bioclean Aquatic Centre. Upon learning about this, the city says staff members took steps to ensure the pool water met standards. The city says that no problems were found with the pool water. Staff members informed the SHA, and more tests done by the health authority’s Environmental Health staff found no problems with the pool water.

More than 20 people who did and didn’t have a rash were interviewed in an attempt to determine the cause. During the investigation, Environmental Health staff were told of a foam party hosted at the pool the week before. The SHA says while there is no conclusive evidence this was the cause of the rash, it’s possible that a chemical reaction was created between the foam and chemicals in the water.

Further tests of the pool water have determined it meets standards, and the facility has not been recommended to close. The city says there have been no more cases of skin irritations and staff members check pool water quality several times each day, per standard operating procedure. The health authority says anyone who experiences any skin irritation should contact their primary care provider.

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