Cryptosporidiosis (“crypto”) is a parasitic disease that causes severe diarrhea.
In 2007, the State of Utah experienced one of the largest outbreaks of crypto ever recorded in the United States. Control measures were put in place and dropped that rate significantly the following year.
Crypto can easily be spread through contaminated water. With the arrival of the summer season, Davis County – and Layton residents – will be exposed to a variety of water sources, including –swimming pools, lakes, reservoirs, streams and secondary water. All these may be sources of crypto.
Facts about crypto and swimming pools:
What is Crypto and how can it affect me?
“Crypto” (krip-TOE), short for Cryptosporidium, is a germ that causes diarrhea. This germ is found in the fecal matter of a person who has been infected by Crypto. It has a tough outer shell that allows it to survive for a long time in the environment. It can survive for days even in properly chlorinated pools.
How is Crypto spread in pools?
Crypto is spread by swallowing water that has been contaminated with fecal matter containing Crypto.
Protection against Recreational Water Illness:
-PLEASE don’t swim when you have diarrhea. You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.
-PLEASE don’t swallow pool water. Avoid getting water in your mouth.
-PLEASE practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on your body end up in the water.
-PLEASE take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often. Waiting to hear “I have to go” may mean that it’s too late.
-PLEASE change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not at poolside. Germs can be spread in and around the pool.
-PLEASE wash your child thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and water before they go swimming.
For additional information, visit www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming