Berkeley High School shut down swimming pool after swimmers start losing body hair


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A California high school pool was closed by the city after students reported symptoms including burning eyes, bleached hair and a loss of body hair.

Berkeleyside reported that parents of the Berkeley High School water polo team sent a letter to the principal expressing concern over their children’s alleged symptoms.

One parent told Berkeleyside that her son had lost all of the hair on his arms and legs and that the his eyes were continuously watering and stinging due to irritation from the pool.

During a voluntary water test, the City of Berkeley reportedly found the levels of chlorine and chloramine were ten times the recommended level, and the pH reading was above the accepted level.

Swimming Pool (1) - Essaouira, Morocco

(Image courtesy of AG Gilmore, CC BY-ND 2.0)

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