Parasitic Stomach Infections From Dirty Pool Water On The Rise

Before you take another dip in the pool, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a warning about something that could make you very sick.

Outbreaks of a parasitic infection linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds are on the rise doubling in just two years.

New data published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has revealed that at least 32 outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium (Crypto for short) linked to pools in the U.S. were reported in 2016, compared with 16 outbreaks in 2014.

Health officials don't know if the problem is getting worse or if the increase is simply due to better reporting.


To protect yourself and others from Crypto and other diarrhea-causing germs, follow the CDC's advice:

  • Don't swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea.
  • Don't swallow the water in which you swim.
  • Rinse off in the shower before getting in the water to help remove any germs on your body that could contaminate the water.
  • Take kids on bathroom breaks often, and check diapers in a diaper-changing area and not right next to the pool.
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