CDC says parasite could be lurking in swimming pools

19 May, 2017, 17:37 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • Crypto Parasite Top Culprit for Pool Related Illnesses

The Centers for Disease Control reports that there were 32 Crypto outbreaks linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds in 2016, twice as many as in 2014. Pool. Eww. And where there's No. 2 there could be Cryptosporidium, aka Crypto, a parasite that lives in the intestine of infected humans (or animals) and is the most common cause of diarrhea.

Big outbreaks in 2016 included one in Arizona that sickened an entire Little League team and a cluster of outbreaks in OH that started in a water park and spread to nearby pools, contributing to almost 2,000 cases statewide, adding to details published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

It only takes a mouthful of contaminated water to make a healthy person sick, according to the CDC. "Protect yourself from getting sick by not swallowing the water in which you swim". The agency noted it is not clear whether the number of outbreaks has increased or whether better surveillance and laboratory methods are helping to better outbreak detection. Any inadvertent ingestion of even chlorinated pool water could wind up giving you cryptosporidium.

In Ohio, the average number of cases was just under 400 for many years but spiked to 1,940 cases in 2016, the CDC team said.

Don't swallow the water in which you swim.

Parasite cryptosporidium, known as "crypto".

A survey conducted by the Water Quality Health Council found that 25 percent of adults would swim within an hour of having diarrhea.

Arizona reported 352 lab-confirmed cases between July and October 2016, compared with a maximum 62 cases detected annually in years prior. And to keep from getting sick, the CDC advises swimmers not to swallow pool water. It is also warning parents not to change diapers near a pool, but Conrad said there is something else people are forgetting. The system helps states detect and control outbreaks by identifying which types of Crypto are infecting people. For example, the researchers said Arizona health officials used the system a year ago to confirm a specific type of Cryptosporidium that spread to multiple swimming pools around Phoenix.

The CDC said that if a person has diarrhea by crypto, they should wait until two weeks after the diarrhea has stopped to go to a pool or water playground.

CDC is working to upgrade CryptoNet with more advanced DNA fingerprinting techniques. "We all share the water we swim in, but we don't want to share germs, pee or poop".

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