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Natural Pools Brimming With Germs

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Natural Pools Brimming With Germs

'Photographing in the West Fjords.' Photo: Greg Duncan.

The Westfjords in Iceland.

Natural pools, found all over the Westfjords in Iceland, contain a large number of germs that originate in human stool. Fréttablaðið reports.

According to Jón Reynir Sigurvinsson, from the Westfjord Public Health Authority, some samples showed over 200 thousand germ-numbers in a single deciliter, which far exceeds the allowed number of a thousand, although they prefer under five hundred. These particular germs increase the chances of infections in the mucous membrane, stomach- and skin.

Jón Reynir adds that the condition of the pools has gotten worse in conjunction with an increased number of tourists. "Twenty years ago, the demand was so little that the pools cleaned themselves. That is not the case today. I would, for example, not go into Landmannalaugar now."

Although the Public Health Authority has been aware of this issue, the public has not. This is due, in part, to the fact that they haven't got the authority to intervene. Jón recommends that signs ought to be put up in order to warn people of the danger.

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