Cryptosporidium infections on the rise

Olive Rios
Мая 22, 2017

All it can take is one swallow of swimming pool water, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.

With the swimming season about to begin in many areas of the country, however, health officials want everyone to be aware of the risk.

Just a mouthful can cause up to three weeks of diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps or vomiting.

Cryptosporidium parasite is the main cause of diarrheal infection and its outbreak in swimming pool or water playgrounds is risky because they are not killed by chlorine and can stay alive up to 10 days.

"Younger toddlers and infants, they can get more sick, or people that have difficulty fighting off infection, they can get more sick with this particular parasite", he says. Most germs that can infect pools, such as Giardia and E. coli, can't survive for more than an hour in a pool with normal levels of chlorine, according to the CDC.

In the new report, the researchers highlighted 2016 crypto outbreaks in Alabama, Arizona and Ohio. And to keep from getting sick, the CDC advises swimmers not to swallow pool water.

Outbreaks of a parasitic infection tied to swimming pools and water parks are on the rise in Pima County; with triple the number the outbreaks in 2016 as in 2015. OH reported 1,940 infections in 2016, compared with no more than 571 in any one year from 2012 to 2015. The rate of increase has resulted in the CDC issuing a warning to the public to be alert about the dangers of swallowing pool water.

Don't swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea.

It is spread by people who have diarrhea or are recovering from it and they go into the pool too soon.

Rinse off in the shower before getting in the water to help remove any germs on your body that could contaminate the water.

Other helpful tips include showering before and after swimming, take children on bathroom breaks often and never change their diapers close to the pool.

When responding to a diarrheal incident in the water or a Crypto outbreak, the CDC recommends closing a pool and treating the water with high levels of chlorine, a procedure called hyperchlorination.

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