Rashes lead to closure of Harrison Hot Springs Resort pools

The Fraser Health authority has ordered the closure of the mineral pools at Harrison Hot Springs Resort after two reports of people getting a rash after using the pools.

According to Fraser Health spokesperson Dixon Tam, one case goes back to January, while the second happened this month.

“The complainants described a rash that would be consistent with symptoms related to pseudomonas aeruginosa, a multi-drug resistant bacteria,” said Tam in an email.

Tam said that in response to the complaints and follow-up inspection, the health authority closed the pools and sent water samples to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control for testing.

“Our environmental health officers’ role is to ensure the public’s safety and well-being,” he said.

CBC News attempted to contact Harrison Hot Springs Resort for a comment about the closures. A person who answered the phone said no one at the resort — located about a 90-minute drive east of Vancouver — was willing to comment on the story.

On its website, the resort posted a brief advisory for guests, saying all five mineral pools were closed by Fraser Health until Monday, Feb. 25.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” the advisory reads. “Guests staying in the resort during this time period will have complimentary use of the village public pool.”

According the Fraser Health, the closure will continue “until we feel it’s safe for the public to use the mineral pools.”

Canadian Press

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