Texas A&M University microbiologist Rita Moyes recently tested 43 different whirlpool baths in homes and hotels. She discovered that every tub was contaminated by some form of microbial growth, no matter how long it had been in use. Water samples were taken immediately after filling the tubs and starting the jets. Of the samples, 95 percent had fecal bacteria, 81 percent contained fungi, 56 percent had Pseudomonas, 36 percent had Legionella, and 34 percent contained Staphylococcus bacteria. Moyes found that, in contrast to normal tap water where a teaspoon full contains about 138 bacteria, a teaspoon of whirlpool tub water contained 2.7 million bacteria.
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