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CDC says parasite could be lurking in swimming pools

CDC says parasite could be lurking in swimming pools

Examining the results combined with information on what patients were doing before they became sick will help CDC and its public health partners develop more effective strategies to stop the spread of Crypto.

Crypto is a parasite that lives in the intestines of infected humans and animals.

The study was conducted on behalf of the Water Quality and Health Council and adults admitted to the startling behavior.

As the summer months near, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning families to protect themselves and their children from the infection, which is linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds.

Dr. Chris Wiant, chair of the Water Quality and Health Council, advocates for people to shower before getting into a community pool and to not pee while in the pool. The authors said the parasite can potentially spread when a sick person has diarrhea and it spreads to pool water, where other people swallow it.

At least 32 outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium (also known as "Crypto") linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds in the United States were reported in 2016, compared with 16 outbreaks in 2014, according to preliminary data published today in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. One recent study found every pool tested contained urine. OH identified 1,940 people sick with Crypto in 2016, compared with no more than 571 cases for any one year in 2012-2015.

"It is not clear whether the number of outbreaks has increased or whether better surveillance and laboratory methods are leading to better outbreak detection", it said in a press statement. "It's so hard to kill crypto, if someone has a diarrheal incident in the water, they can make a whole community sick potentially".

Hlavsa's team reported on three outbreaks that made people sick last July and August in Arizona, Alabama and Ohio.

The CDC advises those infected with Crypto to avoid swimming until two weeks after recovering from diarrhea. CDC recommends closing pools and treating the water with high levels of chlorine.

This as a new survey finds 25-percent of adults would swim within one hour of having diarrhea.

If diarrhea is caused by crypto, wait until two weeks after diarrhea has stopped to go swimming.