Crypto illness outbreaks linked to swimming on rise, CDC says

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This isn't a new parasite, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of recorded crypto outbreaks has doubled at US pools and water playgrounds in two years.

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.

The CDC says outbreaks of an infection linked to swimming pools have doubled in just the past two years. CDC has recommended to close pools and treat water with high levels of chlorine-hyperchlorination, while responding to an incidence of diarrhea in the water or at the onset of an outbreak of Crypto.

It only takes a mouthful of contaminated water to make a healthy person sick, according to the CDC.

Michele Hlavsa, RN, MPH, said in the CDC press release, "To help protect your family and friends from Crypto and other diarrhea-causing germs, do not swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea". Although, it is unclear whether the outbreak number has risen or whether better examination and laboratory methods has led to detecting the outbreak better.

"Normal chlorine disinfection of swimming pool water does a great job in destroying most germs, but Crypto presents a special challenge", said Dr. Chris Wiant, chair of the Water Quality and Health Council.

OH experienced a almost fivefold increase in cryptosporidiosis cases in 2016, with 1,940 reported cases compared with an average 399 cases during the prior four years. 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 risky for humans to swim in.

"It's so hard to kill crypto, if someone has a diarrheal incident in the water, they can make a whole community sick potentially".

Parasite cryptosporidium, known as "crypto". And to keep from getting sick, the CDC advises swimmers not to swallow pool water.

Don't change kids' diapers near the pool.

Anyone infected with Crypto is urged to avoid swimming for two weeks after recovering from diarrhea. The system helps states detect and control outbreaks by identifying which types of Crypto are infecting people. For example, in the year 2016 Arizona used CryptoNet to confirm spread of a particular type of Crypto in multiple swimming pools in the Phoenix area. "We all share the water we swim in, but we don't want to share germs, pee or poop".

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