Swimming at the Biotop in Prague’s Lhotka neighborhood has been temporarily suspended due to increased skin rash cases. The Prague Hygiene Station announced on its website that swimmers had contracted cercarial dermatitis caused by parasites called schistosome larvae that burrow into the skin. The resulting rash is itchy and can last up to five days, but it usually subsides with anti-allergy medication.
The Hygiene Station has yet to determine the exact cause of the outbreak, but it is believed to be linked to the natural water treatment used at the pool. The pool will remain closed until the cause is identified and dealt with. The closure began on June 22 and is expected to last until June 23.
The Biotop is known for its unique natural water filtration system, which uses a combination of plants and sand to clean the water. It is a popular spot for families and young people looking for a refreshing swim during the hot summer.
This is not the first time that Prague’s swimming areas have faced problems. In May, the Prague Hygiene Station released the results of a survey of natural swimming pools in the city, revealing that the water quality at most pools was excellent. However, some pools, such as the Podolí Pool, were found to have lower water quality due to high numbers of bacteria.
Despite these occasional setbacks, swimming in Prague’s natural pools remains popular for locals and tourists alike. From the Biotop in Lhotka to the Podolí Pool, visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in a unique and picturesque setting.
For those looking to explore other swimming spots in the city, plenty of options are available. The Vltava River, for example, offers several areas for swimming and sunbathing, while the Žluté lázně complex features a variety of pools, including a children’s pool and a 25-meter lap pool.
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, Prague’s swimming spots offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. So take a dip and cool off in one of the city’s many natural pools – just be sure to check the water quality before you dive in!