At least 21 kids in Shifang, Sichuan province, recently experienced fever and other symptoms after swimming at a local swimming pool. This news quickly drew the attention of internet users. Relevant departments verified the quality of swimming pool water due to parental “pressure.” Finally, the children were confirmed to be infected with the adenovirus, and the pool implicated was investigated.

Shifang city issued an official notification on July 23 stating that several parents had lately complained that their children experienced fever and other symptoms after swimming in the Ruibo swimming area. The reason was the swimming pool’s water quality.

According to People’s Daily Online, on the evening of July 19, workers from the city’s Center for Disease Control conducted a surprise test and collected water samples from the swimming pool. In addition, a reputable third-party agency collected a sample to assess the pool’s water quality the next day. After testing, urea and total bacteria levels in the pool water sample exceeded national guidelines. The swimming area was then ordered to close for repair, and the matter is under investigation.

At least 21 kids with fevers have tested positive for the adenovirus. At least 16 remain in hospital.

This occurrence piqued Chinese netizens’ interest, with similar subjects appearing on Weibo and Baidu hot search lists.

NTD highlighted the following comments from netizens:

Sichuan netizens commented, “The important point is that, following receipt of the report, the Shifang Health and Medical Commission had the water tested on July 14, and the test results show that the water quality meets the standard.”

“Does this mean they don’t check the water quality but only the business license? They only test the water once the parents make a fuss?”

“Not long after the event, Ruibo Swimming Pool announced that it would reopen on July 22, but later said that it had been postponed.”

Other internet users were concerned: “Why are there so many germs and urea in the water? It’s terrifying.”

“During the holidays, most of the people who visit the pool are youngsters, so the pool owner must examine and monitor the quality of the water in the pool.”

Adenovirus, according to Baidu, is a collection of viruses that may be transferred through human mucous membranes by swimming or drinking water containing secretions from an infected person’s eyes, nose, and feces and is the cause of upper respiratory tract illnesses in children and adults.

Children aged six months to six years are most vulnerable within a week of incubation. Respiratory infections are more prevalent in the spring and fall, and conjunctivitis is more common in the spring and early summer. The most prevalent clinical symptoms are in the respiratory system, sometimes extending to the bronchioles; some patients with severe pneumonia require hospitalization for therapy.

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