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    Swim student notified of possible Mpox exposure after instructor tests positive

    Posted: Sep 16, 2022 / 06:21 PM PDT
    Updated: Sep 16, 2022 / 07:07 PM PDT
    by: Alani Letang

    CARLSBAD, Calif. – A local swim center has taken steps to keep customers and staff safe after an employee recently tested positive for Mpox. Although health experts have said and told the center that waterborne transmission of the virus is extremely low.

    Waterworks Aquatics told FOX 5 that they took immediate action, contacted the San Diego County Health and Human Services Department, and made sure the employee isolates at home.

    They also said they notified their customers right away.

    “Anything that is related to anyone’s safety is always the utmost importance to us,” said Todd Sarkaria the Senior Vice President of Operations at Waterworks Aquatics.

    The employee tested positive earlier in September. The center said the employee is self-isolating and cannot return until a doctor clears them.

    The center has notified anyone who may have been in contact with the employee and told FOX 5’s Alani Letang that contact happened in a chlorinated pool, which is balanced and cleaned daily.

    The center said they use a UV light system to kill bacteria and other micro-organisms in the water, plus they are continuing with COVID-19 measures.

    The center provides swim lessons primarily to children, but also offers lap swimming for anyone looking to get in a swimming workout.

    “Chlorine in the water will kill the monkeypox virus, at least in water that’s up to the standards that the state requires for a public pool. Also, you can imagine the virus that might be coming off of a person’s skin would be diluted in a large pool, and it would be very difficult for the virus to contact someone else in the pool,” said Dr. Peter Binstock, the Medical Director at Sharp Memorial Hospital’s Infection Prevention Department.