CDC Warns Americans Of Fecal Parasite That Can Live In Pools

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CDC Warns Americans Of Fecal Parasite That Can Live In 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.

The majority of outbreaks were connected to pools, lakes and splash pads.

Cryptosporidiosis can cause adults to suffer from "profuse, watery diarrhea" for up to three weeks. Most of the cases were found in the months of July and August.

Michele Hlavsa, head of the CDC's Healthy Swimming Program, has warned that children are especially capable of, and vulnerable to, the spread of the risky parasite.

Eighty-six cases involved contact with animals, mostly cattle, 57 cases were related to child care environments, 22 cases were foodborne, mostly involving unpasteurized milk or apple cider.

The city of Albuquerque does not specifically test for cryptosporidium at its nine outdoor and four indoor public pools, but a Parks and Recreation Department spokesman said staffers take extra measures to keep the water clean.

"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 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC said that over the past decade, there have been more than 400 reported outbreaks in the United States, leading to almost 7,500 people becoming sick.

The nasty parasite spreads through the feces of infected humans or animals into water and food, putting pool visitors, burger lovers, and childcare users at the greatest risk. If diagnosed with Crypto, don't swim for at least two weeks. "They don't know how to use the toilet and wash their hands, or are just learning how".

Since Crypto is protected by an outer shell, it can actually survive for days in the chlorinated water of pools and water playgrounds.

Families not allow kids to swim if they have diarrhea.

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