Indestructible Poop Parasites May Be Lurking In Your Pool

first_img For the love of all that is holy, please stop pooping in public pools.Outbreaks of Cryptosporidium—thankfully also known as Crypto—in the US increased an average of 13 percent each year from 2009 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes 444 outbreaks over eight years, resulting in 7,465 sick people, 287 hospitalizations, and one death.The nasty parasite spreads through the feces of infected humans or animals into water and food, putting pool visitors, burger lovers, and childcare users at the greatest risk.A small but mighty percentage of cases were also linked to drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk or apple cider.“Young children can get seriously sick and easily spread Crypto,” Michele Hlavsa, chief of CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program, said in a statement. “They don’t know how to use the toilet or wash their hands, or are just learning how.“But we as parents can take steps to help keep our kids healthy in the water, around animals, and in childcare,” she added.(via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Protected by an outer shell, Crypto is tough to kill. It can survive for days in chlorinated water or on surfaces disinfected with chlorine bleach. Your toilet, meanwhile, is a treasure trove of Crypto germs.Fun fact: Someone sick with Cryptosporidium can have diarrhea for up to three weeks.Outbreaks, the CDC explained, are most common in the summer—when sick kids are clamoring around water parks and overheated adults are taking a dip in the community pool.Follow these simple steps, though, and hopefully you can avoid the grisly business of Crypto:Do not swim if you have diarrheaDo not swallow the water you swim inKeep kids sick with diarrhea home and away from childcareWash your hands with soap and water after touching animals or anything in their environment—specifically, dung; alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not work effectively on CryptoRemove shoes worn in animal environments before going insideBuy only pasteurized milk or apple ciderHlavsa & Co. reported their findings in a paper published last week by the CDC.More on Geek.com:Climate Change Puts 1B People At Risk of Mosquito-Borne DiseasesWash, Dry, Scan: Device Detects Disease-Causing Germs on HandsSuper Poopers’ Fecal Matter Could Help Save Lives DNA From Primitive Poop Shines Light on Ancient DietsResearchers record malaria parasite entering a red blood cell Stay on targetlast_img

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