Summertime parasite outbreaks have been on the rise since 2009, CDC says

Grant Boone
July 2, 2019

Swimming pools, water parks and kiddie pools were responsible for 156 cases, it said.

Pool keepers are told to chemically shock any pool that is suspected or is contained with Crypto.

Most germs are killed within minutes by common pool disinfectants like chlorine or bromine, but Crypto is a germ that can survive in properly chlorinated water for more than 7 days. "Yes, we take steps and we look at that as an industry about what to do with pools and how to cover yourself and the patrons that use the pool".

"In a pool that is well maintained, crypto will last about 10 days before it does out, and the pool will actually be safe again", Vogelsang said.

Cryptosporidiosis, a diarrheal disease caused by Cryptosporidium parvum protozoan.

It's called Cryptosporidium or crypto, and it is spread by feces.

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One of the most important precautions to take, according to Michele C. Hlavsa, one of the CDC researchers behind the study, is to keep the water out of you and your loved ones' mouths.

"The number of treated recreational water-associated outbreaks caused by cryptosporidium drives the summer seasonal peak in both waterborne cryptosporidiosis outbreaks and cryptosporidiosis outbreaks overall", according to a statement from CDC. "Reversing this trend will require dissemination of prevention messages to discourage swimming or attending child care while ill with diarrhea and encourage hand washing after contact with animals", stated CDC.

Crypto, a parasite, is spread through the poop of infected humans or animals. If infected, people experience a "profuse, watery diarrhea that can last up to 3 weeks".

"What happens is that somebody might have some stool in the swimming pool has kind of what's been talked about recently and if you swallow that water you can actually ingest that", Nurse Practioner Deanna Wennberg explained. 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.

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Finally, you can check the free chlorine level and pH before you get in the pool to make sure an error hasn't occurred.

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