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Harrison Hot Springs Resort draining, cleaning pools after rash complaints

Last Updated Feb 23, 2019 at 5:36 pm PDT

Hot spring mineral pools at Harrison Hot Springs Resort. (Source: Harrison Hot Springs Resort)

Harrison Hot Springs Resort is draining and cleaning pools as they await test results from Fraser Health

Health authorities closed five pools after two separate complaints of rashes

Rashes may be caused by pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria that is resistant to multiple antibiotics.

HARRISON HOT SPRINGS (NEWS 1130) — It’s unclear whether five mineral pools closed at Harrison Hot Springs Resort will be re-opened Monday after they were closed by Fraser Health yesterday because of rash complaints.

Two of the five mineral pools are being drained and cleaned today as the resort awaits test results — Fraser Health inspected the pools after getting two separate reports of a rash, with symptoms related to¬†pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria that is resistant to multiple antibiotics.

Waters samples from the pools are being sent to the BC Centre for Disease Control for testing.

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Eric Towne, sales and marketing manager for the resort, says it’s the first time in decades the pools have been closed.

“This is the first time in the history of some of our 40-plus-year-long employees that have ever seen the pools closed,” he says.

He says they are draining, cleaning and refilling two pools today to get them ready for re-testing tomorrow.

“We just thought we’d be pro-active by draining two of the pools just in case there was a positive result to a bacteria so that we could be two steps ahead of the game,” he says. “Until we get a negative out of all five pools, we won’t be able to re-open any of the pools.”

The resort is directing guests to use the village public pool instead.