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Rashes prompt closure of Harrison Hot Springs pools

Last Updated Feb 23, 2019 at 5:16 pm PDT

Harrison Hot Springs Resorts mineral pools. (Source: Harrison Hot Springs Resort)

HARRISON HOT SPRINGS (NEWS 1130) — Five mineral pools at Harrison Hot Springs Resort in the Fraser Valley are closed until further notice after two cases of people getting rashes, apparently after using the pools.

Fraser Health closed the pools Friday as the resort awaited the results of an inspection. The health authority received two separate reports — one in January and one this month — of people getting a rash that has symptoms related to pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria that is resistant to multiple antibiotics.

“In response to the complaints and after a follow-up inspection, our environmental health officers closed the pools,” Stephanie Bale with Fraser Health. “Water samples were taken and sent to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) for testing.

“These actions were taken by our environmental health officers; their role is to ensure the public’s safety and well-being.The officers use the Public Health Act, Pool Regulation and the Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality to inform our actions.”

The resort’s website confirms the mineral pools are closed until further notice, and directs resort guests to use the village public pool instead.