Skin Rash Outbreak Temporarily Closes Swimming at Prague’s Biotop in Lhotka

Swimming activities at the Biotop in Prague’s Lhotka neighborhood have been suspended temporarily due to an increase in cases of skin rashes. The Prague Hygiene Station, through its official website, announced that swimmers had contracted cercarial dermatitis, a condition caused by parasites known as schistosome larvae that penetrate the skin. Although the resulting rash is itchy and can persist for up to five days, it typically subsides with the use of anti-allergy medication.

While the exact cause of the outbreak has yet to be determined, it is believed to be associated with the natural water treatment system employed at the pool. The Biotop will remain closed until the cause is identified and effectively addressed. The closure commenced on June 22 and is expected to last until June 23.

The Biotop swimming area is renowned for its unique natural water filtration system, which utilizes a combination of plants and sand to maintain water cleanliness. It is a popular destination for families and young individuals seeking a refreshing swim during the scorching summer months.

This is not the first time that swimming areas in Prague have encountered issues. In May, the Prague Hygiene Station released the results of a survey conducted on natural swimming pools in the city, which indicated excellent water quality in most pools. However, some pools, such as the Podolí Pool, exhibited lower water quality due to elevated levels of bacteria.

Despite these occasional setbacks, swimming in Prague’s natural pools continues to be a favored activity for both locals and tourists alike. From the Biotop in Lhotka to the Podolí Pool, visitors can indulge in a rejuvenating swim within unique and picturesque settings.

For those interested in exploring alternative swimming spots in the city, there are numerous options available. The Vltava River, for instance, offers several areas designated for swimming and sunbathing, while the Žluté lázně complex features a diverse range of pools, including a children’s pool and a 25-meter lap pool.

Whether you are a resident or a visitor, Prague’s swimming spots provide a welcome escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. So take a plunge and enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the city’s many natural pools—just remember to verify the water quality before diving in!

Article by Prague Forum

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