Pool Infections Linked to Parasitic Poop on the Rise (MMWR)

Pool Infections Linked to Parasitic Poop on the Rise (MMWR)”

They characterized "Crypto" as the most common cause of diarrheal illness linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds because it is not killed by chlorine and can survive for up to 10 days in pool water.

The CDC said it was not clear if there are actually more outbreaks, or if states are doing a better job of reporting them since it introduced a new DNA-based tracking tool in 2010.

Crypto is especially tough to get rid of because it isn't killed easily by chlorine.

"Those outbreaks highlight the ongoing challenges that treated recreational water venues have with crypto due to how hard it is to kill and the small number of germs that can make people sick", the agency said.

There are some very easy steps you can take to prevent this from ruining your summer vacation, but everyone has to pitch in. Healthy swimmers should avoid swallowing any water and rinse off after each dip, the agency says.

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It's nice to beat the heat in public pools and waterparks, but make sure to keep your mouth closed and use nose plugs when you're in the water or you could be the next cryptosporidium playground.

CDC releases a list of safety precautions for health hazards and the increasing crypto outbreaks are no exception. The only way to ensure the health of the water once its been infected is to close the pool and treat it with extremely high levels of chlorine that are unsafe for humans to swim in. Crypto infection causes diarrhea, cramps, nausea and vomiting.

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

Hlavsa's team reported on three outbreaks that made people sick last July and August in Arizona, Alabama and Ohio. Such outbreaks highlighted the difficulties that treated recreational water venues have with crypto, and the CDC noted that the number of people who can become infected by a small number of germs is remarkable. Ohio, on the other hand, identified 1,940 people sick with the disease, compared to 571 cases for any one year in 2012-2015. Final numbers for 2016, along with 2015 numbers, will come in a later report, but "we expect them to go up", said Michele Hlavsa, head of CDC's healthy swimming program. "We all share the water we swim in, but we don't want to share germs, pee or poop".

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