Outbreaks of diarrhea-inducing parasite Crypto on the rise in pools — CDC

Outbreaks of diarrhea-inducing parasite Crypto on the rise in pools — CDC

Outbreaks of diarrhea-inducing parasite Crypto on the rise in pools — CDC

Health officials say Crypto is a parasite can spread when someone swallows water that has been contaminated with the fecal matter of an infected swimmer.

Crypto is not easily killed by chlorine and can survive up to 10 days, even in properly treated water.

The states will be largest number people who were sickened past year were OH (1,940) and Arizona (352), according to the news release.

In comparison, 20 Crypto outbreaks linked to swimming were reported in 2011, 16 in 2012, and 13 in 2013.

Don't swallow the water where you swim.

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Either way, pool season's upon us and you need to take caution.

Don't change kids' diapers near the pool. It also causes eye irritation. Primarily in developing nations, it may cause chronic diarrhea in people with HIV and other immunocompromised patients.

Keep feces and other contaminants out of the water.

The findings emerged this week - as the CDC warns there is a growing cases of infections caused by Cryptosporidium, a parasite found that can cause diarrhea. The CDC said it did not know if the number of outbreaks had increased or there has been better detection. It has been recorded the around 16 crypto conditions were found in 2014, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Thursday.

Once a pool or water playground is infected with crypto, it's easy to spread, but not easy to get rid of.

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"The oocysts have a hard outer shell, and that makes them very resistant to chemical disinfectants", Hlavsa said.

Meanwhile, the only way to ensure your own health is to take precautions when swimming in pools or playing at water parks.

She also added that parents should avoid buying swimming pool toys. That might lead to something even worse.

A second report in the MMWR noted another potential hazard of public pools - inhalation of toxic chlorine gas. In addition to diarrhea, some people experience lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, and fever.

Half of the California bathers who became sick were treated at the scene. HML Lab in Muncie is conducting many of these tests. When the water was examined, measurements ranged slightly higher than California regulations for concentrations of free chlorine. However, there were 32 cases recorded in 2016. A total of 156 people had been sickened during that period.

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That last tip is important not just for preventing pooping accidents, but for keeping kids from urinating in the pool.

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