Swimming In A Public Pool Might Give You Diarrhea

Summer is fast approaching, which means the days of poolside lounging are nearly here. But if you're considering a trip to a public pool, hotel pool or water park any time soon, you might want to reconsider and opt for a cold shower instead. According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control, cases of people contracting diarrhea from dirty pool water are on the rise. Even more horrifying? That can last for up to THREE WEEKS in some people. Cue the Jaws theme.

New shows the instances of cryptosporidiosis, a parasite that causes "profuse" diarrhea, have tripled in America since 2004. And while you can get the parasite from contact with an infected person or animal, the CDC notes places like water parks and public pools can also spread the illness. According to the data, there were at least 32 outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis in 2016 associated with aquatic facilities. In 2015, there were only 16 such reported outbreaks.

According to the CDC, cryptosporidiosis can cause "profuse, watery diarrhea." Additional symptoms include stomach cramps, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, and more. In people with compromised immune systems, the illness can last for two to three weeks, but typically it lasts one to two weeks. Occasionally the symptoms can come and go for up to 30 days. If you do contract cryptosporidiosis, the CDC recommends drinking plenty of fluids, as diarrhea can lead to dehydrations.

Michele Hlavsa, chief of the CDC's Healthy Swimming Program, told >CNN that if you do go to a place with shared water, you should avoid getting it in your mouth at all costs. He also urged good hygiene, particularly for your children, to avoid spending the parasite to others.

"We all share the water we swim in, but we don't want to share germs, pee or poop," he said.

Truer words have never been spoken.

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