People wait all year long for summer and to have some fun in the sun. With the heat increasing many people are jumping into the water to cool off. But warnings have emerged from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about a parasite called cryptosporidium, which can survive in chlorinated water.
1,788 people have been affected with parasite related illnesses which resulted in 95 hospitalizations and 1 death, CDC published in a report.
The parasite which is too small to see could be in the same swimming pool or hot tub as you are and cause symptoms like diarrhea.
Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis. Both the parasite and the disease are commonly known as “Crypto.”There are many species of Cryptosporidium that infect animals, some of which also infect humans. The parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time and makes it very tolerant to chlorine disinfection.
While this parasite can be spread in several different ways, water (drinking water and recreational water) is the most common way to spread the parasite. Cryptosporidium is a leading cause of waterborne disease among humans in the United States, reported by CDC.
CDC urges people to take precautions such as showering before jumping in the pool, anyone with diarrhea should stay out of the water.
But the CDC said there are ways you can protect your family.
Crypto is now being found in back yard pools. The CDC says cases have increased in the past few years with the majority of outbreaks associated with swimming in pools and hot tubs.
One of the ways a person can get the parasite is by swallowing the water the parasite is living in.