Thursday, June 24, 1999

Pool caused rash, patrons tell city

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Patrons of the McKie city pool in Northside say as many as 40 children have developed a mysterious rash after swimming there, and they have asked Cincinnati officials to help.

        The city health department has been testing the pool and has found no evidence of anything that would cause a rash, City Manager John Shirey said.

        But the rash remains undiagnosed, and visits to Children's Hospital Medical Center have been disappointing, said Patricia Patterson, a mother who escorted several children to a city council meeting.

        “All the (pool) tests have come back negative, but these children have positive proof in their faces, behind their ears, scars on their shoulders,” Ms. Patterson said.

        The hospital said the rash is a form of eczema and prescribed an anti-fungal cream that is not working, Ms. Patterson said. The rashes began showing June 12, she said. She suspects there was too much chlorine in the water.

        Mayor Roxanne Qualls instructed the city administration to work with the group, and to find a dermatologist as an initial step.

        “There needs to be a more coordinated response, with a report back to council,” she said.


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