ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A week from today public swimming pools will open, but before you jump in the water, you want to make sure what’s in it won’t make you sick.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Crypto outbreaks linked to pools have doubled since 2014, with 32 outbreaks reported last year.
Cryptosporidiosis is a disease that causes diarrhea, along with nausea, lack of appetite, vomiting, weight loss, stomach cramps or pain, and fever. It is the most common cause of diarrheal illness and pool outbreaks.
SLUCare Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Nirav Patel tells Total Information AM Weekend that the cryptosporidium parasite can live in chlorine.
According to the CDC, Crypto has a tough outer shell that allows it to survive in pools even if they’re properly chlorinated.
So who’s most at risk?
“Younger toddlers and infants, they can get more sick, or people that have difficulty fighting off infection, they can get more sick with this particular parasite,” he says.
Patel says it’s important that anyone with signs of diarrhea not get in a pool, and children, especially, not drink any of the water.