While rising summer temperatures can make diving in peace, cold public pools seem to make no sense, Americans may want to think twice before going swimming in pools or water parks.
This is because, according to US Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), a parasitic infection known as Cryptosporidium, or crypto, is on the rise.
Between 2009 and 2017, 444 episodes of cryptosporidiosis were reported in 40 states and Puerto Rico – resulting in 7,465 cases of infection.
CDC reported that the number of reported epidemics increased by an average of about 13% per annum over this eight-year period.
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Crypto contaminated basin water is the leading cause of diarrhea epidemic in the United States, followed by contact with infected livestock and sick children in day care centers between 2009 and 2017.
The parasite spreads when people swallow something that has come into contact with the illness of a sick person such as a public swimming pool.
Crypto is very easy to spread
Only 10 crypto-parasites are needed to get sick and the infected person will drop 10 to 100 million in one intestinal motion, STAT reported. Parasites thrive in swimming pools and water parks, because the solid outer shell makes it highly tolerant to chlorine.
According to the CDC, cryptosporidium can survive in a properly chlorinated pool for up to seven days. Exposure to treated recreational water in swimming pools and watercourses is associated with 156 (35.1%) reported epidemics between 2009 and 2017, resulting in 4.232 (56.7%) cases, CDC reported.
The parasite is seldom crazy; only one death has been reported since 2009, according to CDC. However, between 2009 and 2017, 287 persons were hospitalized.
In 1993, more than 400,000 people in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin were infected when the crypto entered the local water supply. This was the largest epidemic of water disease in US history.
The CDC has warned that anyone who suffers from diarrhea should avoid swimming for at least two weeks after diarrhea reduction.
I hope the Americans will begin to listen to that advice.
The Water Quality and Water Health Council announced in May a report that 24% of Americans say they would jump in the pool within an hour of diarrhea.