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CDC Warns About Parasitic Infection Risks In Public Pools
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19 May 2017 10:36 AM EST

On Thursday, a new report by the CDC warms than people visiting public pools should be aware of a parasitic diarrhea-causing infection linked to pools and water playgrounds which doubled in the US from 2014 to 2016. Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDC's Healthy Swimming Program, wrote in an email, "Cryptosporidium is a germ that can make people sick with diarrhea for up to three weeks." In 2016, the CDC discovered 32 outbreaks of Cryptosporidium in swimming pools or water playgrounds in the US, compared with just 16 two years earlier. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting, possibly leading to dehydration. The CDC stresses the importance of not swallowing pool water and suggests parents take children on more frequent bathroom breaks.

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