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Bloodworms found in Shum Shui Po Park Swimming Pool

The following is a statement issued by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) regarding the discovery of bloodworms in Shum Shui Po Park Swimming Pool:

At about 8.30 am today (May 13), the management staff of Shum Shui Po Park Swimming Pool received a report from a swimmer that there was a bloodworm in the secondary pool. Upon receiving the report, the staff immediately went to the pool for inspection and later found a total of some 90 bloodworms in the main pool, secondary pool and training pool.

In accordance with the guidelines issued by the LCSD, the staff right away informed other related government departments to help inspect all the eight pools in the swimming pool complex as well as the filtration system and the peripheral areas of the complex. They also superchlorinated the pool water; sent the bloodworms discovered to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, and water samples taken to the Department of Health.

Initial investigation showed there were no obvious mosquito breeding grounds in the peripheral areas of the complex. Also, the recent water test results are up to the hygiene standards while the filtration is operating normally.

Experts of the Steering Committee on the Management of Public Swimming Pools will further look into whether the discovery of bloodworms was connected with the recent climate, heavy rains or other factors. However, they all considered that Shum Shui Po Park Swimming Pool can be opened as usual after the routine weekly cleansing operation.

The LCSD will further probe into the discovery of bloodworms in conjunction with the experts of the steering committee.

Ends/Friday, May 13, 2005
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