Health Officials Warn of Diarrhea Outbreaks in Swimming Pools
This summer you might need to think twice about heading to the local pool because there could be a lot more poo in the pool.
According to FOX46Charlotte, "Health officials are warning that outbreaks of diarrhea caused by swallowing pool water containing parasites have doubled in the last few years."
The parasite tough to kill as it can last up to 10 days in chlorinated water. It's called Cryptosporidium or Crypto, that can cause watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, even nausea or vomiting.
The Center for Disease Control list a few steps to help you prevent getting infected:
- Don’t swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea. If diarrhea is caused by Crypto, wait until two weeks after diarrhea has stopped to go swimming.
- Don’t swallow the water in which you swim.
- Rinse off in the shower before getting in the water to help remove any germs on your body that could contaminate the water.
- Take kids on bathroom breaks often, and check diapers in a diaper-changing area and not right next to the pool.