CDC Warns of Cryptosporidium in Pools

July 1, 2019: Washington Post: CDC warns swimmers about ‘Crypto,’ a parasite that can live for days in pools

An excerpt:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report last week about the increased number of outbreaks caused by the fecal parasite Cryptosporidium, more commonly known as “Crypto.”…

The warning came from the CDC’s recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which highlighted an average 13 percent increase in cryptosporidiosis outbreaks each year from 2009 to 2017.

The CDC said that over the past decade, there have been more than 400 reported outbreaks in the United States, leading to nearly 7,500 people becoming sick. Of those, more than 200 people were hospitalized, and one person died as a result of the disease, according to the report…

In about 35 percent of the outbreaks, sicknesses were linked to swimming pools and playgrounds, according to the report.

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