CDC warns of parasite that may crash your pool party


According to the CDC, at least 32 outbreaks of the infection linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds were reported in 2016, compared to 16 outbreaks in the United States in 2014. Ohio, on the other hand, identified 1,940 people sick with the disease, compared to 571 cases for any one year in 2012-2015.

Just a mouthful of water can cause up to three weeks of diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps or vomiting. "Someone with a diarrheal illness and they go swimming ... that's where you can have issues with your own swimming pool".

The way to put an end to the spread of the parasites is to shut the pools down once they are proven infected.

Take kids on bathroom breaks often, and check diapers in a diaper-changing area and not next to the pool.

Worldwide, cryptosporidium plagues water sources and water treatment systems, according to the World Health Organization, which notes that the pathogen may be increasingly contaminating food as well. In children, it also can cause poor nutrition, which may be fatal. These included 36 players and family members associated with a Little League team who got sick after visiting a Maricopa County aquatic facility.

Keep feces and other contaminants out of the water. The CDC said it's not clear if the number of outbreaks has increased or if better surveillance and lab testing has helped better detect outbreaks. It has been recorded the around 16 crypto conditions were found in 2014, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Thursday.

CDC releases a list of safety precautions for health hazards and the increasing crypto outbreaks are no exception.

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Once a pool or water playground is infected with crypto, it's easy to spread, but not easy to get rid of.

Randy Sellers at SwimMAC Carolina in Charlotte said a full-time pool technician checks pool chemicals daily, but when it comes to crypto, he said communication from parents is key.

Kristin Conrad is a parent who monitors her son's swimming practice.

Unfortunately, Crypto isn't easily killed by chlorine and can survive up to 10 days in well-treated pools.

Managers of pools and water parks need to make sure employees are trained, Li added. That might lead to something even worse.

Currently, water samples are being tested from public pools across Central Indiana.