Teen contracts ‘hot tub lung’ from indoor swimming pool

Severe breathing difficulties sent a 17-year-old in Queensland, Australia, to the emergency room with “hot tub lung” — inflammation caused by inhaling microbes in steam, usually contracted from hot tubs. 

But the teen picked up the lung infection not from a hot tub, but from his family’s humid indoor swimming pool, after they started using a “non-chlorine alternative” to disinfect the water, doctors wrote in a case report. 

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