Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

CDC warns of fecal pool parasite - how you can stay safe

CDC warns of fecal pool parasite - how you can stay safe

If your child is sick, especially with diarrhea, keep them out of the pool as that is how it spreads.

Crypto is a parasite that typically is associated with the presence of feces and is the leading cause of disease outbreaks in the US linked to water, "specifically outbreaks linked to pools or water playgrounds", the report states.

Gentry and the CDC suggest taking a shower after being in a public pool and to limit the amount of water you get in your mouth or ingest.

Cryptosporidiosis - or crypto for short - is the leading cause of disease outbreaks in the USA linked to water, specifically in swimming pools or water playgrounds. Contaminated pools are the number one source of the parasite. The Giardia parasite will survive for about 45 minutes, and Cryptosporidium's 10.6-day lifespan translates to about 15,300 minutes.

- As summer peaks, the CDC is reminding swimmers that filtration and chlorine disinfection can only do so much to combat germs in swimming pools, but there are steps one can take to avoid getting sick.

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From 2009 through 2017, the most recent available data, there were 444 Crypto outbreaks in the United States, with nearly 7,500 people reported sick, 287 people hospitalized and one who died, according to the CDC.

Do not swallow pool or water playground water.

The parasite - often spread by exposure to cattle - is most commonly spread within swimming pools and water playgrounds, even at daycare. Between 2009 and 2017, the CDC said 444 crypto outbreaks - representing some 7,465 infections - were reported in 40 states and Puerto Rico.

A 2013 study released by the CDC found that 58% of tested pools were positive for bacteria typically present in fecal matter.

It is said to be the leading cause of disease outbreaks in the United States linked to water, specifically outbreaks linked to public pools or water playgrounds. The months of July and August were recorded as the highest in terms of cases with around 80 cases reported during these months in 2016. Dr Rodgers said if you have any of the symptoms, to stay out of the water. Right now, there are no reports of outbreaks here in North Alabama. The CDC recommends a pH range of 7.2 to 7.8, chlorine concentration of at least 1 ppm, and bromine concentration of least 3 ppm in pools.

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