Don't swallow water while swimming in a pool or playing on a splash pad.
The Center for Disease Control has issued a statement warning that there's a "crypto" fecal parasite that can live in swimming pools for days. Although contamination via water is the most common way of contracting the parasite, it can also be spread by contact with animals, through food, and in day care settings. "They don't know how to use the toilet or wash their hands, or are just learning how".
"Crypto" - or cryptosporidium - is a parasite that causes cryptosporidiosis, which can cause continual diarrhea for up to three weeks, according to the CDC.
Youngsters sick with diarrhea should not be placed in child care, according to the CDC, and following a cryptosporidiosis outbreak, child care workers should clean surfaces with hydrogen peroxide, as chlorine bleach is an ineffective means of killing the parasite.
There were 444 outbreaks in the U.S.in that eight-year period, resulting in 7,465 people becoming sick, 287 hospitalizations, and one death. From 2009-2017, 35% of more than 400 Crypto outbreaks were linked to pools, while 15% were linked to cattle and 13% were linked to childcare facilities.
Though it's nearly never fatal, one death has been reported since 2009, according to the CDC.
Symptoms include watery diarrhea, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, and fever.
The CDC advises that parents of kids and babies who have had diarrhea recently keep them out of pools for at least two weeks after their diarrhea subsides. "And at the CDC recommended levels of greater than one part per million of chlorine in your typical swimming pool-the parasite can still survive for up to a week". Because livestock can contribute to the spread of infection, people should also thoroughly wash their hands - with soap, not just hand sanitizer - after handling animals at zoos or county fairs.
According to the Post, young children are in serious danger of getting sick and spreading Crypto.