Japanese spa rarely changed water, deadly bacteria found

If you’re stuck by hotel hot tubs, here’s fuel for tonight’s nightmares.

Makoto Yamada, the 158-year-old chairman of a company that owns the Daimaru Besso hostel in Japan, has apologized after health inspectors discovered the property was not changing the water in its hot tub only twice a year – and it was teeming with life-threatening water. bacteria.

We will pause to leave you shivering or screaming in horror.

If twice a year seems a little minimal, that’s because it is. CNN Travel Reports local regulations require the water to be changed weekly. (Which, honestly, still seems pretty gross to us.)

The bath in question is called an onsen, which uses water from hot springs heated by volcanoes. At a press conference, Yamada bowed deeply in shame and said, “I’m so sorry.”

Inspectors found Legionella bacteria in the water, which can cause Legionnaires’ disease. Legionnaire’s is a type of pneumonia that infects the lungs after inhaling water droplets that contain it. It’s treatable with antibiotics, but a far cry from the hostel’s website promising that “soft, smooth waters leave your skin supple and your mind at ease.”

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And, wow, there were a lot. CNN affiliate TV Asahi reported that inspectors found Legionella bacteria at 3,700 times the acceptable level. It is quite unacceptable.

During his press conference, Yamada said he was surprised by the findings of the inspection: “I myself was unaware of the law and thought that Legionella bacteria was a common bacteria that l could be found anywhere, and also that it was safe because the large baths flowed freely, so the water was changed quite often.”

Then he added that bathhouse officials didn’t add chlorine to the water on purpose “because we selfishly didn’t like the smell of chlorine.”

We will go on and suggest Mr. Yamada stop talking, take a mop and turn on the sump pump. And when this bath is cleaned? Go ahead and fill it with volcano-heated Purell.

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