While we do not often realize it there can be a lot of risks involved when it comes to swimming in a pool or any body of water for that matter. While we do take safety precautions in regards to drowning, we do not often even think about the possibility of parasites.
According to a recent CDC report a third of treated recreational waterborne disease outbreaks from the year 2000 to the year 2014 occurred in hotel pools or hot tubs. The kind of outbreak that was considered most common during this period was something known as Cryptosporidium or ‘Crypto.’ It is a parasite that can survive in even the most properly maintained pools.
While the report is quite detailed it does describe a mix of progress in regards to preventing these kinds of outbreaks. During the time period mentioned above, there were about 493 separate outbreaks resulting in almost 30,000 illnesses and going so far as to actually cause eight deaths. Swimming season is, of course, their peak. While you might assume this is something that will never happen to you, it is much more common than we tend to grasp.
The CDC wrote as follows in regards:
Crypto causes 58 percent of outbreaks where a germ was identified linked to pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds and 89 percent of the illnesses. Crypto spreads in pools when someone sick with the parasite has diarrhea in the water and other swimmers swallow that contaminated water. Swimmers and parents of young swimmers play an essential role in preventing Crypto outbreaks.
“Swallowing just a mouthful of water with Crypto in it can make otherwise healthy kids and adults sick for weeks with watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting,” said Michele Hlavsa, R.N., M.P.H., chief of CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program. “Chlorine cannot kill Crypto quickly. We need to keep it out of the water in the first place. Don’t go into the water, and don’t let your kids go into the water if sick with diarrhea.”
Now, when it comes to doing our best to avoid this kind of thing the CDC says we should not allow our children (or ourselves) to swim while sick with diarrhea. We should all check the inspection scores of all public pools or so forth that we are considering getting into and not to swallow the water if it can be avoided, it should be avoided. When it comes to children hourly bathroom and changing breaks are necessary. While this might not sound like much it could make a huge difference.
For more information on this please feel free to check out the video below. Have you ever been affected by Crypto or something similar? What do you think about all of this?