Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Parasite Outbreaks Increase in Swimming Pools

Parasite Outbreaks Increase in Swimming Pools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Kinner says one child with a leaky diaper can release millions of parasites into the water. You may avoid contracting Crypto by practicing good hygiene and avoiding swallowing water from pools, recreational water parks, lakes and streams, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Crypto causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea that can last for weeks, according to the CDC.

And, Miami-Dade has the second-most 2019 cases of cryptosporidiosis in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health's Reportable Diseases Frequency Report.

"Young children can get seriously sick and easily spread Crypto", Michele Hlavsa, chief of CDC's Healthy Swimming Program, said in a statement. Another 13% of outbreaks were linked to childcare settings and 3% to unpasteurized milk or apple cider. The CDC says people have been getting sick after swallowing the parasite in contaminated water or food or after coming into contact with infected people or animals.

The CDC also notes that, despite modern medicine, the spread of this parasite has increased by 13% every year between 2009 and 2017.

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Brantingham says they have no way to know exactly where those who were diagnosed with the parasite came in contact with it, but there is no place that's an immediate danger to the public.

The CDC is warning people about a fecal parasite that can be found in swimming pools. The 444 outbreaks sickened 7,465 people, hospitalized 287 and killed one.

Why pools?: The reason the parasite is particularly a problem in pools is because "an infected swimmer can excrete the parasite at several orders of magnitude higher than the amount necessary to cause infection", according to CNN.

35% of cases were linked to water playgrounds and pools.

Since Crypto is protected by an outer shell, it can actually survive for days in the chlorinated water of pools and water playgrounds. If diagnosed with Crypto, don't swim for at least two weeks.

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