CDC: Cryptosporidium Coming to A Public Pool Near You

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The fecal parasite cryptosporidium is increasingly being found in public pools, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Federal health officials are sounding the alarm, asking the public to take extra precautions this summer as they venture into public pools. The CDC said that cases of cryptosporidiosis, which can cause watery diarrhea for up to three weeks, have been increasing 13 percent every year.

The parasite behind the outbreak is called cryptosporidium. It’s spread by bathers who have or have had diarrhea within the previous two weeks. Unfortunately, it can survive in chlorinated public pools.

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