STOP swimming with diarrhea: Fecal germs have made thousands of swimmers sick and suffered 8 deaths in the last decade, CDC warns
- The CDC urges Americans to stop swimming in public swimming pools with diarrhea
- A report on polar-related disorders from 2009 to 2017 revealed a serious problem
- A third of the diseases occurred in hotel swimming pools, mainly of bacteria that can spread through faeces
Before going to a dive in the pool, beware: more and more American swimmers are catching & crypto & # 39 ;, a disease caused by exposure to poop.
The number of people who became ill from cryptosporidium, a parasite, has risen by 13 percent since 2009, with more than 7,000 cases in the last decade. new CDC report warns.
A third of the cases occur in treated swimming pools, with the vast majority being reported in the months of June, July and August.
In an effort to mitigate the problem, US health officials are urging swimmers to stop swimming in public pools if they have diarrhea.
Swimmers and parents of young swimmers play an essential role in preventing Crypto outbreaks
The warning comes after a report revealed that eight Americans died and 30,000 became ill from bacteria in hotel pools between 2000 and 2014.
Cryptosporidium, which can come from another person's feces, can survive normal chlorine levels, which is why people with such diseases are encouraged to refrain from swimming.
& # 39; Swallowing just a sip of water with Crypto in it can otherwise make healthy children and adults sick for weeks with watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting, & # 39; said Michele Hlavsa, head of the Healthy Swimming Program at CDC.
& # 39; Chlorine cannot kill Crypto quickly. We have to keep it out of the water in the first place. Do not go in the water and do not let your children enter the water if they are sick with diarrhea. & # 39;
American public health officials report on safe swimming every year.
Swimmers and parents of young swimmers play an essential role in preventing Crypto outbreaks.
The bacteria Legionella and Pseudomonas are the following main causes of these outbreaks, with 16 percent of the outbreaks caused by Legionella and 13 percent caused by Pseudomonas.
Legionella can cause severe pneumonia and symptoms that resemble the flu. Pseudomonas can be the cause of skin rash and swimmer.
If a swimming pool, hot tub or water playground is not properly cleaned, bacteria can grow and form a mucus called biofilm on wet surfaces.
Legionella and Pseudomonas can live in this biofilm. It is more difficult for disinfectants to kill these bacteria when they are protected by biofilm.
The CDC warns that pool managers must maintain proper cleaning methods and disinfectant levels to prevent bacteria from growing and causing illnesses to swimmers.
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